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Changes in Hours of Service Provisions Aims to Reduce Truck Accidents

By Lipton Law on January 9, 2012 - No comments

Among those who drive tractor-trailers for a living, getting enough rest can be difficult, especially when a load needs to be driven a great distance and get delivered on time. In order to reduce driver fatigue and cut down on the number of truck accidents fatigue causes, the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has changed its Hours of Service regulations to require more rest for drivers.

The new provisions make several changes to the current rules. For instance, drivers are now limited to working a total of 70 hours every seven days, instead of the previous 82 hours. Drivers are still allowed to be behind the wheel for 11 hours at a time, but they must now take a 30-minute break at least once every eight hours.

Drivers can “restart” their counting of hours toward the 70-hour weekly and 11-hour daily limits by taking a break that is at least 34 hours long, but they must try to sleep during this time between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m., which are the times when the human body is sleepiest, according to recent sleep research. They may only “restart” with a 34-hour break once per week, however.

When driver fatigue causes an accident, the results can be life-altering for anyone involved. At Lipton Law, our experienced Michigan truck accident lawyers can help you through every stage of the process after an accident to get you the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. To learn more about your legal rights and options after a crash, call Lipton Law today at (248) 557-1688.

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