Las Vegas Truck Driver Fatigue Lawyer

Helping Protect the Rights of the Victims of Trucking Accidents

Truck drivers are responsible for operating their trucks safely, which means obeying the rules of the road, avoiding drugs or alcohol, and staying alert. In order to ensure that truck drivers get enough rest to allow them to stay alert while driving, there are certain regulations in place that obligate commercial truck drivers and their employers to obey hours-of-service requirements. Truckers who violate the hours-of-service restrictions, along with their employers, can be subject to fines, civil penalties, and even criminal penalties. Moreover, if a truck accident occurs as a result of truck driver fatigue, the trucker and trucking company can be held liable for personal injury damages.

At Robert M. Apple & Associates, our Las Vegas trucking accident attorneys are dedicated to helping the victims of trucking accidents caused by truck driver fatigue and other forms of negligence obtain full and fair financial recovery. As with any trucking accident, you must act quickly to protect your legal rights. Do not hesitate to contact Robert M. Apple & Associates at (702) 646-0085 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to learn more about a possible personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.

Hours-of-Service Regulations

Federal regulations require that interstate property-carrying commercial truck drivers and their employing trucking companies comply with the following hours-of-service regulations:

  • Truck drivers may not drive more than 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
  • Truck drivers may not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off duty time does not extend the 14 hour limit.
  • Truck drivers may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.
  • Truck drivers using the sleeper berth provision must take at least 8 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth, plus a separate 2 consecutive hours either in the sleeper berth, off duty, or a combination of the two.

Penalties for Violating Hours-of-Service Regulations

Drivers or carriers who violate the hours-of-service regulations face serious penalties, including the following:

  • Trucker drivers may be placed out-of-service roadside until the driver has accumulated enough off-duty time to be back in compliance.
  • State and local enforcement officials may assess fines.
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may levy civil penalties on driver or trucking company, ranging from $1,000 to $11,000 per violation depending on severity.
  • The trucking company’s safety rating can be downgraded for a pattern of violations.
  • Federal criminal penalties can be brought against carriers who knowingly and willfully allow or require hours-of-service violations, or drivers who knowingly and willfully violate the hours-of-service regulations.

Additionally, truck drivers and their employing trucking company can be held liable for any truck accident caused by truck driver fatigue.

Contact an Experienced Trucker Negligence Attorney

If you were injured or a loved one died in a trucking accident that involved truck driver fatigue, contact Las Vegas trucking accident lawyer Robert M. Apple at (702) 646-0085 for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss a possible personal injury or wrongful death claim.