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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) hours of service (HOS) rules place strict limits on the number of hours a truck driver can work in a given day and week. Trucking companies have been under greater pressure in recent years to rely on their drivers to perform more deliveries because of a national driver shortage.

Some companies have their drivers violate HOS rules so deliveries can be made, and it is not uncommon for a truck driver’s logbook to be falsified or altered after the fact to create the appearance of compliance. Many truck drivers operate in violation of HOS rules out of fear of possible termination, and trucking companies can be held liable for forcing drivers to violate HOS rules.

California Unrealistic Schedules Truck Accident Attorney

Did you sustain catastrophic injuries or was your loved one killed in a truck accident caused by a truck driver’s unrealistic schedule in California? You are going to need an experienced lawyer for help proving your case.

The May Firm represents clients on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing without first receiving a financial award. You can have us explore all of your legal options when you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

Dangers of Unrealistic Schedules

An unrealistic schedule could lead to any one of a number of truck accidents, including but not limited to:

  • Rear-End Collisions
  • Intersection Accidents
  • Jackknife Accidents
  • Blocking Accidents
  • Head-On Collisions
  • Override Accidents
  • T-Bone Collisions
  • Rollover Accidents
  • Underride Accidents
  • Wide-Turning Accidents

Under CFR § 395.3(a)(1), a truck driver is prohibited from driving without first taking 10 consecutive hours off duty. CFR § 395.3(a)(2) states that a truck driver can drive only during a period of 14 consecutive hours after coming on duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty, and the driver cannot drive after the end of the 14-consecutive-hour period without first taking 10 consecutive hours off duty. Under CFR § 395.3(a)(3), a truck driver can drive a total of 11 hours during a 14-hour period.

CFR § 395.3(b) establishes that no motor carrier can permit or require a driver of a property-carrying commercial motor vehicle to drive, and no driver can drive a property-carrying commercial motor vehicle for any period after the truck driver has been on duty 60 hours in any period of seven consecutive days if the employing motor carrier does not operate commercial motor vehicles every day of the week, or they have been on duty 70 hours in any period of eight consecutive days if the employing motor carrier operates commercial motor vehicles every day of the week.

Under CFR § 395.5(a), a truck driver cannot drive a passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicle more than 10 hours following 8 consecutive hours off duty or for any period after having been on duty 15 hours following eight consecutive hours off duty. CFR § 395.5(b) provides that no truck driver can drive a passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicle for any period after having been on duty 60 hours in any seven consecutive days if the employing motor carrier does not operate commercial motor vehicles every day of the week, or having been on duty 70 hours in any period of eight consecutive days if the employing motor carrier operates commercial motor vehicles every day of the week.

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Types of Unrealistic Schedules Truck Accident Injuries

The types of injuries that people suffer in accidents caused by unrealistic schedules can be very different from case to case. The point of impact, the speeds of the vehicles involved, and where occupants were seated can all be factors in determining injury severity.

Some of the most common kinds of injuries in these cases include, but are not limited to:

  • Sprains
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Paralysis
  • Neck injuries
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Muscle strains
  • Lacerations
  • Fractures
  • Burn injuries

Certain crashes can result in fatal injuries, and the families of people killed can file wrongful death lawsuits against the negligent parties. Whether you were hurt or your loved one died, an insurance company will swoop in very quickly to try and limit your compensation, which is why you will want to be sure that you immediately contact a personal injury attorney.

Contact an Unrealistic Schedules Accident Lawyer in California

If you suffered severe injuries or your loved one was killed in a truck accident in California caused by unrealistic schedules, you are going to want answers. The May Firm will determine what caused your crash and who can be held accountable.

Our firm has seven offices in locations all over California, such as Chula Vista, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Long Beach, Santa Barbara, and Bakersfield. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to take advantage of a free consultation.

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