18 Wheeler Wreck – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Law
- September 21st, 2016
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This is your bible in 18 wheeler wreck cases. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations are a set of Federal laws regulating the trucking industry. Among the most cited regulations in litigation are the 11 and 14 hour rules. In a 24 hour period a driver can’t drive more than 11 hours or be on duty more than 14 hours without a 10 hour break. In an 8 day period a driver can’t be on duty and driving more than 70 hours. These rules are all designed to ensure the safety of drivers on our roadways. They are designed to limit collisions caused by driver fatigue. Drivers are required to keep logs showing the number of miles they’ve driven, time they’ve spent on the road,time spent in sleeper, time spent off duty.
The logs are required to show change of duty status, and city and state of change of duty status. I can take the miles driven and divide by the time it took to drive them and arrive at an average speed. You can use this to determine whether a driver has falsified his logs. Driver’s sometimes falsify logs to get around the federal hours of operations requirements. If the wheels aren’t turning they aren’t making money. There is also a website maintained by the federal government that has a wealth of data on every company registered with the DOT. When an 18 wheeler goes through a weigh station it may be inspected by a government employee. Any violations of equipment, hours of service, log book violations, etc are available on this website.
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