The many large semi-trucks your see driving around New Orlean’s roads play a vital role in America’s commerce industry. That does not, however, make their massive size any less intimidating. Imagining such a vehicle being driven by a drowsy driver can be terrifying. To prevent the possibility of this occurring, federal lawmakers have enacted strict hours-of-service regulations to ensure truck drivers stay alter behind the wheel. Yet truck accidents continue to happen. Many have come to us here at The Law Office of Desiree M. Charbonnet asking how they might know of the truck driver that hit them might have been drowsy at the time.

If you share the same question, it is helpful then to know exactly what these regulations are. Per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these are:

  • A truck driver must take a mandatory 10-hour break after having driven for 11 hours
  • A truck driver cannot drive past the 14th consecutive hour after having taken that 10-hour break
  • A truck driver must take a 30-minute break for every eight hours behind the wheel
  • A truck driver’s 7/8 workweek cannot exceed more than 60/70 hours behind the wheel

The drivers of any vehicle transporting hazardous materials in quantities requiring placards or at or above a gross vehicle (or gross combination weight) of 10,001 pounds or more must abide by these regulations.

If you have been in a truck accident, you can ask that the driver involved produce their service log. An inaccurate or unkept log may indicate they were not following the regulations; an altered log can lead to them facing penalties.

You can learn more about assigning liability in a truck accident by continuing to explore our site.