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Curbing fatigue and truck accidents

Like most Texas residents, you regularly see tractor trailers and other large vehicles hauling goods on a variety of roads across the state. Whether delivering produce to a grocery store, consumer electronics to other stores or gasoline to fuel stations, these big rigs are a necessary part of our world. They are also a potential source for serious injuries or death if they are involved in accidents. 

The people who drive these large trucks are known for spending many long and lonely hours on the road. It is only natural to think that they may become tired at different points. This is one of the factors that may increase the risk of an accident happening. With this in mind, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has developed its Hours of Service rule. This is a regulation that aims to prevent serious fatigue from setting in for truckers and, in turn, reduce the chance of an accident.

These guidelines dictate that every work week whether spanning seven days and 60 hours or eight days and 70 hours be followed by a break of at least 34 hours before a driver begins their next work week. Each day spent driving should be preceded by at least 10 hours away from work. In a given day, 11 hours are able to be spent driving and 14 total working. These are the rules for drivers who haul goods.

If you would like to learn more about the regulations governing commercial trucking and how to protect yourself if involved in an accident, please feel free to visit the truck crash compensation page of our Texas personal injury website.

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