It only takes a split second for something to go wrong on the roadway. Another driver might try to merge into traffic without checking blind spots, a drunk driver may weave into oncoming traffic, and a drowsy motorist might fail to stop for slowed or halted traffic. Any of these situations can cause a devastating car crash, but those involving semi-trucks can be especially devastating. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, then you need to consider whether you can gather enough evidence to justify and succeed on a personal injury claim.
One way to do so is to look for violations of laws and regulations that apply to truckers. When it comes to regulations, one of the biggest violations a trucker can make is failing to abide by hours of service regulations. These restrictions are meant to limit road time for truckers to ensure that they are well-rested and attentive behind the wheel.
So what are the regulations? To start, truckers generally cannot drive more than 11 hours after taking 10 straight hours off. Also, none of those 11 driving hours can fall beyond the 14th hour after coming back on duty from that 10-hour break. Truckers must also take at least 30 minutes’ worth of rest every eight hours. No trucker is allowed to driver more than 60 hours in any seven-day period, and they cannot driver more than 70 hours in any eight-day period.
Dealing with all of the consequences of a serious truck accident can be overwhelming, especially considering that you’ll have to deal with very real physical, emotional, and financial damages. Yet, you might be able to find the relief you need and deserve. It’s going to take some work, though, which is why many individuals in the Palmerton area turn to attorneys they can trust to help them build their legal claim.