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In Indianapolis and all over the country, in order to avoid truck accidents, truck drivers must follow strict rules regarding how long they can be on the road before taking a break. These rules are called Hours of Service (HOS) regulations, and they're really important for keeping everyone safe. Here's a straightforward look at these rules and why they matter.

What Are Hours of Service Regulations?

Hours of Service regulations are federal rules that decide how long a truck driver can drive without resting. Here's the gist of the rules from the According to the Federal Motor Carrier Saftey Administration:

  • Eleven hours a day is the federal limit that truck drivers can drive, but only after they've had 10 hours off.
  • They must fit these driving hours into a 14-hour day, starting when they begin work.
  • If they've been driving for 8 hours straight, they must take a 30-minute break.
  • There's also a weekly limit. Truck drivers are not allowed to work more than 60 hours over seven days or 70 hours over eight days. The drivers can reset their work week by taking a long break of 34 hours straight.

Why Do These Rules Matter?

These rules are in place to make sure drivers aren't too tired to drive safely. Driving a big truck is hard work, and being tired can make it dangerous. Tired drivers can't react as quickly and might not make the best decisions, which can lead to accidents. By making sure drivers rest enough, these rules help prevent crashes and keep the roads safer for everyone.

What Happens if These Rules Are Broken?

If a truck driver or the company they work for doesn't follow these rules and causes an accident, they can be held responsible. This means if you're hurt in an accident caused by a driver working too long without a break, the law sees it as their fault. This is important because it helps ensure victims of such accidents can get help with their medical bills or any damage caused.

How We Can Help

If you're involved in a truck accident, it's important to have someone on your side who understands these rules and can help figure out if the truck driver or trucking company broke the rules. As truck accident lawyers in Indianapolis, we know how to investigate these accidents and stand up for your rights. We work to make sure that if the accident was caused by someone breaking the Hours of Service rules, they are held accountable, and you get the support you need.

If you've been in an accident and need help or have questions about how these rules work, feel free to reach out to us. We're here to ensure you're treated fairly and help keep our roads safe for everyone.

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