Truck Driver Fatigue Accidents in New York

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Truck driver fatigue is considered one of the common factors behind devastating accidents involving other vehicles in the United States. Commercial truck drivers are obligated to follow hours of service rules, but unfortunately, they violate these regulations to meet deadlines, sometimes due to the encouragement of their employers.

If you have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an auto accident which was caused by the negligence of a tired truck driver in New York, our Kingston truck accident lawyers are dedicated to helping you recover your entitled compensation in order to make a successful recovery without financial strife. With more than 90 years of collective experience, our firm possesses the comprehensive knowledge of state and federal trucking laws to help you navigate through the potential complexities of your case.

Federal Hours of Service Rules for Truckers

Driver fatigue can occur due to monotonous road trips and long shifts. That is why federal regulations are established to ensure the safety of both truck drivers and other motorists.

Federal regulations to prevent driver fatigue include:

  • Truck drivers are allowed to work a maximum of 14 hours per day
  • Truck drivers can only drive 11 hours out of the 14-hour day
  • Truck drivers are limited to a 70-hour minimum average work week
  • Truck drivers must take 24 hours of rest to continue working after fulfilling the weekly limit
  • Truck drivers must take a 30-minute break at some point within the first 7 hours of a shift

To prove that a trucking company violated any one of these rules, it is imperative to obtain a copy of the truck driver’s logs. If you believe that information is missing, you can review “trip tickets” by third parties which disclose the time a load was delivered or picked up.

Have Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C. on Your Side

At Mainetti, Mainetti & O’Connor, P.C., we understand what it takes to obtain the outcome you want and the justice you deserve. Our Kingston truck accident lawyers are not afraid to go up against a truck driver, their employer, and their insurance company because your compensation and health are on the line. Do not hesitate to have an experienced and skilled firm on your side.

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