Trucker regulations focus on fatigue

As you likely know, commercial truckers often spend many long and lonely hours behind the wheels of their big rigs. This fact may put many innocent residents in Tennessee at risk when they encounter these tired truckers on the road. Whether as drivers themselves, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcylists, every person deserves to know that commercially licensed drivers are operating their vehicles safely.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has updated its rules regarding truck driver's breaks and the length of time that a trucker may work in a single day or in a single work week. The goal of these regulations is to improve safety on the road for all persons. Limits have been placed that are designed to prevent the extreme fatigue most likely to contribute to accidents.

Truckers who transport material goods may work 14 hours in a single day but of those 14 hours, only 11 hours may be spent actually driving. For every eight hours worked, a break lasting a minimum of one half an hour must be taken. For work weeks that last seven days, a maximum of 60 hours may be worked. Some truckers have eight-day work weeks and in these a total of 70 hours are allowed to be worked. These regulations are part of what is called the Hours of Service rule.

If you would like to learn more about the laws that are in place to help prevent truckers from driving while extremely fatigued, please feel free to visit the truck driver's regulations page of our Tennessee personal injury and truck accident website.

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