Exhausted Driving is Reckless Driving

If you, or a family member, are, or employee, truck drivers, you need to be aware of hours of service regulations. The point of these regulations is to keep trucks drivers, and the passengers of surrounding vehicles, safe. They apply to a driver of any commercial motor vehicle, a vehicle that is used as part of a business.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the regulations state that truck drivers must have 10 consecutive hours off-duty before coming back on-duty. Additionally drivers must not drive beyond the 14th hour consecutive hour after coming on duty. Within those 14 hours, a driver can only drive a total of 11 hours, the other three being used for lunch breaks, nap, etc. Drivers may not drive over 8 consecutive hours without a break of at least 30 minutes. To help illustrate these regulations, consider this example: You have had 10 consecutive hours off. You come to work at 6:00 a.m. and drive from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. (7 hours driving). You take a 30-minute break as required, and then can drive for another 4 hours until 6:30 p.m. You must not drive again until you have at least 10 consecutive hours off duty. You may do other work after 6:30 p.m., but you cannot do any more driving of a commercial motor vehicle on a public road.

If drivers do not follow these regulations, they will suffer from exhaustion and become dangerous to themselves and anyone driving around them. This is considered reckless driving. According to Charleston trucking accident lawyers of Clawson & Staubes, LLC: Injury Group, reckless driving is a major traffic violation, a misdemeanor punishable by fines, license suspension and even incarceration. So not only are exhausted drivers dangerous to anyone around them, they are also liable to get in a lot of trouble for being so. Make sure the truck driver you know is aware of these regulations and follows them thoroughly, to ensure safety for everyone involved.

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