The headlines are filled with horrific big-rig accidents every day. Many of them have resulted from fatigued or overworked drivers - some actually falling asleep behind the wheel.
Because truck drivers drive too many hours in a day, they tend to be overtired, causing them to also become negligent in their driving and driving in violation of a federal hours-of-service regulation. Unrealistic expectations have caused thousands of truckers to lose control, causing deaths of innocent people.
Drivers in California, along with all states, must follow minimum rest and maximum work requirements every day in a specific work period. Even with specific rules, truckers can work up to 70 hours a week in order to ensure their cargo reaches the destination on time.
California law requires all truck drivers to follow:
· Driving a maximum of 11 consecutive hours at one time
· A maximum of 14 consecutive on-duty hours
· A minimum of 10 consecutive off-duty hours between driving shift
If you are involved in an accident with an overtired or negligent trucker, contact a San Bernardino Personal Injury attorney who has handled successful cases involving truck drivers.