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Understanding Hours of Service Violations

You do all that you can to keep out of the way of trucks when on the road. You are vigilant and watchful of their every move. Truck drivers are obligated to do the same. In fact, they receive hours of training on how to be safe on the road, on how to clearly indicate every change they intend to make and how to ensure that every other vehicle on the road can drive confidently around them.

If you have been in an accident with a truck, the company that employs the driver is liable. Owing to lack of training or the violation of work rules and regulations the driver made an error that has caused you tremendous pain and distress. It is right that the people responsible for ensuring the driver’s fitness to operate such a vehicle should be held accountable.

When Trucking Companies Do Not Play By the Rules

It is important to get clear from the start that the driver is not really to blame. They are in many ways as much of a victim as you are. Drivers are under tremendous strain to meet tight schedules and do quick turnaround times. Although each driver is, on paper at least, trained to adhere to hours of service regulations, many do not follow through.

Hours of service rules establish a daily limit to the number of hours a truck driver can work. Drivers can drive up to 11 hours after being off work for 10 hours or more. These rules are issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and govern all commercial vehicle operators in the country.

In many cases drivers violate these rules, drive well past the daily limit, because they are desperate for bonuses or fear the loss of their jobs. Trucking companies have come up with all kinds of unhealthy, and sometimes downright diabolical schemes, to compel drivers to operate large, powerful, potentially hazardous vehicles even when they are tired for the simple purpose of making more money. Greed is at the heart of most hours of service violations. And if you have been in an accident with a truck, you should hire an attorney who knows how to gather the evidence that will show why the trucking companies are culpable.

Getting Justice After The Accident

Don’t let the trucking companies get away with it. Get the justice you deserve by hiring a trusted New York truck accident attorney who can work to hold the negligent party accountable for their recklessness. Hire Levine and Wiss.

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