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Federal government aims to monitor trucker fatigue

If you are like a lot of people in New Jersey, you may wonder just how many hours a commercial trucker drives at any one time. Many people talk about how truckers might get tired because of the long times for which they are on the road and because many of their driving hours are in the dark. This can lead to serious risks if big rigs are operated by drivers who might be sleepy.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration actually has a rule in place called the Hours of Service rule that is ideally designed to prevent trucker fatigue by limiting the number of hours that can be driven consecutively. The rule also outlines the maximum number of hours that can be worked in a day and in a week.

For any trucker who transports goods, they may work up to 80 hours in a seven-day work week or up to 70 hours in a six-day work week. During each day that they work, they may log a total of 14 hours. Those 14 hours, however, cannot all be spent behind the wheel. A maximum of 11 daily hours can be spent driving. Daily rest breaks lasting at least 30 minutes must be taken after eight hours on the job. 

If you would like to learn more about how you or someone you know can get help after being involved in an accident involving a commercial vehicle, please feel free to visit the fatigued trucker page of our New Jersey motor vehicle accident website.

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