Why The FMCSA Mandates Hours of Service Regulations

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has put into place Hours of Service (HOS) regulations to ensure safety and lessen the risks of truck accidents amongst truck drivers and those who share the road with them. The Grewal Law PLLC team is here to provide readers with a better understanding of why these mandates are set in place.

Why are There Hours of Service Regulations?

HOS regulations are set to help ensure road safety by limiting the number of hours a truck driver can work and drive. These HOS rules regulate truck drivers' hours, including their mandatory break times, off times, and duty cycles. You can find a more detailed overview of HOS regulations here.

Risks of Fatigued Driving

Anyone who has ever driven a truck knows that it can be a tiring experience. Long hours on the road, often spent alone, can take their toll both mentally and physically. Unfortunately, fatigued truck drivers are dangerous to themselves and others on the road. Studies have shown that sleep-deprived truck drivers are more likely to be involved in accidents.

In addition, fatigue can impair judgment and reaction time, making it more difficult to avoid potential hazards. For these reasons, truck drivers need to get adequate rest and take breaks when needed. Truck drivers can help keep themselves and others safe on the road by maintaining a healthy level of alertness.

Recently Been in a Truck Accident?

If you've recently been injured in a truck accident caused by a fatigued driver, you may feel frustrated and confused about what to do next. The good news is that you are not alone. Our team of experienced truck accident lawyers is here to help you every step of the way. Contact the Grewal Law PLLC team at (888) 211-5798 or fill out a consultation request form to get in touch with one of our truck accident attorneys.

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