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Fighting trucker fatigue

When hearing reports of a traffic accident in Pennsylvania in which a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle is involved, it is not uncommon for you to wonder if excessive fatigue on the part of the truck driver may have contributed to the crash. Commercial truckers work many long and often lonely hours and this environment may well facilitate a state of fatigue while on the job.

To combat this, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has developed what it calls its Hours of Service rule. The purpose of this rule is to reduce or eliminate truckers driving when tired so that everyone on the road can be safer and that fewer accidents involving trucks occur.

For drivers who haul goods, a single day of work cannot exceed 14 hours. Of those 14 hours, only 11 can be spent actively driving. A single day's working hours cannot logged be without taking a break lasting 30 minutes or more after the first eight hours of being on duty. Before starting the next working day, a 10-hour period off duty is required. A single work week can span 60 hours over the course of seven days or 70 hours over the course of eight days. Work weeks must be separated by off-duty periods of at least 34 hours.

If you would like to learn more about the FMCSA Hours of Service and other rules designed to keep people safe and prevent accidents, please feel free to visit the trucker fatigue and vehicular crash page of our Pennsylvania personal injury assistance website.

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