Truck driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of 18-wheeler accidents in Texas. Unlike regular motorists, truck drivers are limited to how many hours a day they are allowed to operate a commercial vehicle.
Interstate truck drivers may not drive for more than 11 consecutive hours and may not drive after being “on-duty” for more than 14 hours total. They are required to have had at least 10 consecutive hours “off-duty” time prior to beginning their shift.
The hours-of-service requirements for bus drivers are even more stringent: they are not permitted to drive more than 10 hours and may not drive after being “on-duty” for more than 15 hours. The required “off-duty” time for bus drivers prior to starting their shift is eight consecutive hours.
For both property-carrying and passenger-carrying motor carriers, drivers are restricted to a maximum of 60 hours “on-duty” every seven days (if the carrier does not operate every day of the week). If the motor carrier operates every day, then this limit changes to 70 hours in eight days. After reaching this limit, there is a required 34 consecutive hours of “off-duty” time which must elapse before they are permitted to begin the time calculation again.
Subject to certain exemptions, intrastate truck drivers are permitted to drive 12 hours following 8 consecutive hours off duty. They may not drive after having been “on duty” 15 hours, following 8 consecutive hours off duty.
If you believe a truck driver fatigue was a factor in your TX semi-truck wreck, contact the Anderson Law Firm today for a free case review. Our truck accident lawyers may be able to help you get compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
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