Commercial truck drivers and trucking companies must follow various state and federal regulations to remain legal on the roadway. Some of the most important of these involve hours of service requirements put in place to prevent truck drivers from operating while fatigued. At Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers, our Cleveland truck accident lawyers understand that driver logbooks need to be examined in the aftermath of any truck collision. Our goal is to help our clients secure compensation after they have been harmed in a commercial truck crash in Ohio.

The FMCSA regulates truck driver hours

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) strictly regulates the number of hours a driver can operate during a day and a workweek. These requirements are in place in an effort to ensure that truck drivers do not operate while fatigued. All truck drivers and companies must follow the FMCSA hours of service regulations if they transport goods across state lines, which is typically most commercial trucks. According to the regulations set forth by the federal government:

  • Truck drivers can operate only 11 hours and a 14-hour driving window. The 14-hour window includes time for any naps, food breaks, or restroom stops. The 14-hour window begins after a driver has been off duty for ten consecutive hours.
  • A driver is required to take a 30-minute break if they have been operating their truck for more than eight consecutive hours.
  • Truck drivers are allowed to operate only 60 hours in a seven-day workweek or 70 hours in an eight-day workweek. A driver can restart a seven- or eight-day workweek by taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.

Logging hours of service

Drivers used to keep track of their hours of service requirements in a written logbook. However, as of December 18, 2017, drivers are now required to use electronic logging devices (ELDs). These ELDs require truck drivers to maintain their activity and duty status electronically as opposed to the traditional written logbook style. The ELD will keep track of the history of travel, equipment, and problems with each trip. Any breakdown, foul weather, or delay should be fully reflected in the log.

If a truck driver fails to properly maintain their ELD, they face significant penalties. An ELD could be used as evidence in the aftermath of any vehicle collision involving a large commercial truck.

Contact our Cleveland truck accident attorneys for a free consultation

If you or somebody you love has been injured in a truck accident that was caused by a truck driver operating while fatigued, contact the team at Paulozzi LPA Injury Lawyers. We pledge to conduct a full investigation into your case and uncover any evidence of liability. Our goal is to secure the compensation you need to make a full recovery, which can include:

  • Compensation for all medical expenses related to the crash
  • Any lost wages you incur if you cannot work
  • Household out-of-pocket expenses you incur
  • Property damage costs
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages

When you need a Cleveland truck accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 888-710-0040.

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