Kentucky Attorneys Review Federal Safety Regulations
Strong counsel for victims and families of trucking negligence
The U.S. Department of Transportation has an agency that was created to provide guidance and laws to better protect the public from truck driving negligence. The safety laws this agency, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), has established cover a broad range of issues, including truck inspections, driving education, and more. The FMCSA rules particularly address the growing issue of driver fatigue. Drivers who fail to get their proper rest fail to react to emergency traffic situations and often create emergencies by failing to obey state and local traffic laws.
Our Kentucky federal regulation driver fatigue accident attorneys understand the FMCSA rules in every detail. We hold truck drivers, the companies that own the trucks, and truck shipping companies accountable when a driver fails to obey these safety rules and regulations. It is through our attention to detail, our skill in preparing cases, and our experience in anticipating many defense arguments that we have been able to obtain large jury verdicts and settlements. Our lawyers are ready to help you get justice when trucking companies fail to follow straightforward safety measures and rules. We represent clients in and around Lexington and Louisville.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations on driver fatigue
Our Kentucky federal law driver fatigue accident attorneys keep current with the changing FMCSA driver safety rules. We investigate whether truck drivers and truck companies followed these rules, and review whether a violation of the law is what caused the truck accident. Among other provisions our legal team studies are:
- Whether the truck driver and truck companies kept proper records. Record keeping includes keeping a log or an electronic entry of the hours worked, the hours the truck was in service, and the hours the driver rested.
- Compliance with the shift hour requirements. Drivers are not allowed to work over 11 hours in a row if they were not resting for a minimum of 10 hours. Driving includes loading and unloading the shipped goods, inspecting the vehicle for the next stage of the trip, and other regular shipping duties.
- Fulfillment of sleep time rules. Truck drivers should get at least eight hours of sleep daily.
- If the driver met the weekly driving hour maximum. Under FMCSA rules, truck drivers should not drive more than 60 hours in a seven-day time frame or 70 hours in eight consecutive days.
- Rest periods. Drivers of trucks are required to take regular 30-minute breaks during their driving shifts.
Drivers are responsible for making sure they comply with the FMCSA rules. Our Kentucky federal law driver fatigue accident attorneys also hold trucking businesses accountable if they fail to supervise their drivers and make certain their drivers comply with these rules. Drivers should check in with the company that hired them on a regular basis.
Our lawyers also understand that passing the FMCSA rules test is just the first step. Drivers and companies who comply with the federal regulations can still be held liable if a driver knowingly drives while tired or if the company knew the driver was fatigued. Violations of the law may entitle clients to a punitive damage award. Drivers and trucking companies may have to pay large fines if they fail to meet the FMCSA rules.
Tough legal counsel when truck drivers fail to put safety first in Kentucky
The FMCSA rules are meant to protect the public. Drivers and trucking companies have a duty to follow these regulations because safety comes before meeting deadlines or monetary gains. Our Kentucky federal law driver fatigue accident lawyers understand how to prove these safety regulations were violated. We bring just claims against any wrongdoers. To discuss your case with an experienced truck accident attorney, please contact us at 877-686-8879 for a free consultation. You can also use our contact form. We help clients throughout Kentucky, including in Louisville and Lexington.