Requirements for truck drivers to rest to prevent drowsy driving

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2020 | Truck Accidents

One of the most effective ways to transport large shipments of goods to their destinations in Massachusetts is by semi-truck. These trucks are very important for many industries and our economy in general. They also provide many jobs for the drivers of the trucks. However, while they are very important for the economy, they also can be dangerous if they are not driven correctly and cause a truck accident. To help ensure they are driven correctly, there are many different rules that truck drivers must follow.

One of the more important rules that they must follow is that truck drivers are required to stop and rest for certain periods of time to help ensure that they do not grow tired, which can lead to accidents.

Truck drivers who are transporting property are only allowed to drive a maximum of 11 hours, which must be driven within 14 hours after a period of 10 hours of not driving. They can also drive no more than 8 hours straight without taking at least a 30-minute break. Truck drivers can also work no longer than 60 hours in a seven day span or 70 hours in a 8 day span. The 7 or 8 days can restart after the driver takes at least 34 hours off.

While these are the rules, they are not always followed. Truck drivers may become fatigued as a result, which can create a very dangerous situation. Semi-trucks are much larger than most other vehicles on the road and if they are involved in an accident they can cause significant damage and severe injuries as a result. The victims of these accidents can be put in very difficult physical and financial situations as a result.

It is very important that truck drivers in Massachusetts drive safely. To help ensure this occurs it is important that drivers follow the hours of service laws to ensure they are alert. If they do not and cause an accident, they may be required to compensate the victim for the injuries and damages they cause, which can be very significant. Experienced attorneys understand the devastation truck accidents can cause and may be a useful resource.


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