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Understanding the Hours of Service Laws

The federal government has established laws limiting the amount of time that commercial truck drivers can operate within a given time frame. Called hours of service laws, these regulations are meant to protect the safety of the public, as studies have repeatedly shown that drivers who are tired or distracted pose nearly as much of a threat to others on the road as drunk drivers do. However, many trucking companies and drivers violate these restrictions in order to increase profitability.

Injuries from accidents involving commercial trucks are often substantial. If you have been injured in a trucking accident because of an hours of service violation, you should not have to bear this heavy financial burden alone. Contact the Racine hours of service violation lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 today to learn more about what you can do to receive justice for your pain and suffering.

What are Hours of Service Violations?

When a commercial truck operator exceeds the federal hours of service standards, they are in violation of the law and can be held liable for any damages that their actions may have caused. Any of the following actions is considered an hours of service violation:

  • Driving more than 14 hours in a day
  • Driving more than 11 hours during a 14-hour shift
  • Driving more than 70 hours over 8 days
  • Driving more than 60 hours in a single week

Violating these regulations is not only against the law, but it is also an irresponsible choice that places the lives of countless others at risk.

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If you or someone you know has been hurt in a commercial trucking accident due to the carelessness of truck drivers or trucking companies, contact the Racine trucking company negligence attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. at 800-242-2874 to discuss your situation with a knowledgeable legal professional.

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