There has likely been a time when you, while driving around Pittsburgh, have begun to feel slightly drowsy. In such an event, you know what you need to do: get off the road as soon as possible and ensure that you are well-rested before getting behind the wheel again. Should you fall asleep at the wheel, you become an extreme danger to not yourself, but also those around you. If you can cause severe damage while asleep in your vehicle, imagine how much more extensive it might be if a truck driver dozed off while driving.
In order to prevent truck drivers from becoming fatigued while on the job, federal regulations have been established that dictate how long they can be behind the wheel throughout the course of a single work week. Per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the hours-of-service standards for truck drivers are as follows:
- A driver can only drive a maximum of 11 hours after first having taken 10 consecutive hours off duty
- A driver cannot drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after a period of 10 consecutive hours off duty
- A driver cannot drive for more than eight consecutive hours without taking a break of at least 30 minutes
- A driver cannot drive for than 60 hours during a 7-day work week (70 hours during an 8-day work week)
In the context of this statute, once a work week has ended, a driver must take 34 consecutive hours off duty before commencing another one.
Even with these regulations in place, truck drivers may attempt to push in order to appear to bolster their own personal performance. They are required, however, to log their work hours. If the truck driver that struck you has not maintained adequate logs, you might make a strong argument that they are not following the federally-mandated regulations.