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Federal Trucking Regulations and Personal Injury Claims

A majority of personal injury claims related to trucking accidents revolve around truck driver negligence and the failure of drivers to adhere to specific regulations as dictated by the federal government. In order to receive and maintain a commercial driver’s license (CDL), truck drivers are required to comply with various regulations established by the Department of Transportation (DOT). Oftentimes, truck accidents directly stem from violations of these federal guidelines.

The most frequently broken regulations involve:

  • Hours of operation limits
  • Maintenance mandates
  • Cargo fastening guidelines

How Many Hours are Truck Drivers Allowed to Drive?

In order to prevent fatigue-related accidents, truck drivers are only allowed to drive for 11 hours a day and a maximum of 70 hours per week. At some point within the first 8 hours of a shift, a driver must take a 30 minute break. In reality, however, drivers have been known to drive far past this limit in order to meet tight deadlines established by their employers. A recent example of this involves the highly-publicized collision that injured comedian Tracy Morgan, in which the involved truck driver had reportedly been awake and driving for an astounding 28 hours.

If a violation can be proven, an injured person may be entitled to recover a variety of monetary damages as compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, lost earning potential, and damaged property. In most cases, proof of a federal violation is extremely compelling evidence that can all but win a person’s personal injury case.

Injured? Contact Dean Law Firm Today

If you have been injured in a truck accident due to a truck driver’s violation of federal trucking regulations, a hard-hitting Odessa truck accident attorney from Dean Law Firm can advocate on your behalf and help you pursue the compensation you deserve. Having recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements throughout our 20+ years of legal practice, we can craft a custom-tailored legal strategy aimed at maximizing your chances of securing a positive outcome for your situation. To get started, call our office at (432) 214-8125 to request a free consultation today!