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How long can a truck driver stay on the road during a shift?

If you have ever traveled the Texas roadways during the overnight hours, you may well have been sharing lanes with big-rig trucks. This would not be unusual as the demands of moving cargo across the state and country requires drivers to spend long stretches of the day and night on the move.

Keeping such a rigorous schedule would cause anyone to experience the symptoms of fatigue. Because they are operating such large, powerful vehicles, truck drivers must get the rest they need to stay alert. It is all too easy for a truck driver to become overwhelmed by fatigue and cause an accident while behind the wheel.

Because fatigued drivers place themselves and other road users in danger, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requires that they not exceed certain limitations on driving time. Truck drivers are also obligated to dedicate time for getting proper rest.

Prior to starting a shift, a truck driver must spend 10 uninterrupted hours off duty. Following this time off, a driver may operate a truck during a period that does not exceed 14 straight hours. Within a 14-hour stretch, a driver must get a minimum of three hours of rest.

In addition to these requirements, there are also regulations to which truck drivers must adhere regarding time spent on duty during periods of seven or eight days.

Fatigue is a deadly enemy of truck drivers and all those with whom they share the road. The impact of a truck collision can leave victims with serious and even life-altering injuries. When an accident occurs, it is important that an investigation is conducted to determine if negligence was the cause.

If you or a family member has suffered harm due to the actions of a truck driver that may have been fatigued or otherwise negligent, a Texas personal injury attorney may be able to provide you with services to prove your case and get you the compensation you deserve.

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