Victims Injured Due to Hours of Service Violations Should Call Our Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers
Hours of service regulations are promulgated by the federal agency known as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA. These regulations allow throughout the United States no matter what state the truck driver is from, where the trucking company is from, or where the delivery is coming from, going to, or traveling in. These hours of service regulations are the bottom or minimal requirements that must be complied with. Violations of these regulations are a serious problem and could result in catastrophic injuries or the wrongful death of an innocent person. Victims injured due to hours of service violations need to ask our Oregon trucking accident lawyers for help.
Here at the Kuhlman Law, we understand how dangerous hours of service violations can be. We work hard to ensure that victims who are seriously injured by a truck driver who is fatigued, tried, or falls asleep at the wheel is held liable for hurting innocent people. We also will make sure to hold trucking companies liable for failing to monitor their employees or actually pushing their truck drivers to work around the clock when they are federally required to allow them to rest. If you or a loved one were seriously injured, we can help.
What are the Hours of Service Regulations?
The FMCSA regulations governing hours of service are governed by 49 CFR section 395.3. These regulations govern all truck drivers operating commercial vehicles with property cargo. There are separate requirements for bus drivers or vehicles carrying human passengers. The most important sections of the hours of service regulations are the following:
- 24-hour shift clocks
- 14 consecutive hours on shift followed by 10 consecutive hours off shift
- Truck drivers may drive for a maximum of 11 hours in a 14 hour shift
- Truck drivers may drive for a maximum of 8 consecutive hours before having to take a 30 minute rest
- Truck drivers may be on shift for a maximum of 60 hours in any 7 consecutive day period
- Truck drivers may be on shift for a maximum of 70 hours in any 8 consecutive day period, and
- Other regulations which may apply in some circumstances.
Liability for Violating Hours of Service Regulations
If a truck driver or trucking company violates the hours of service regulations, the defendants may be liable for your personal injuries. This is because the doctrine of negligence per se finds that the violation of a regulation is evidence of negligence. This allows a victim to help establish liability against a defendant in order to recover compensation for his or her injuries. Families who have lost a loved one may also be able to establish liability through violation of these regulations.
Injured in an Oregon Trucking Accident? Ask Our Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyer for Help
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of a trucking accident or collision contact the Oregon Truck Accident Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles, St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.
We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Trucking accident cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.
Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.