Understand Hours of Service Violations
Hours of Service Violations
Representing Victims of Truck Accidents
The trucking industry is heavily regulated by rules outlined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Part of these regulations include what is known as the hours of service (HOS), which is intended to limit the number of hours a truck driver can operate a commercial motor vehicle.
Given a number of accidents that often occur due to truck driver fatigue, it is crucial that truck drivers observe the HOS avoid risking anyone’s safety and to remain in compliance with FMCSA rules. If you were severely injured by a truck driver who failed to observe the HOS, you have a right to pursue just compensation.
When a truck driver does not observe the HOS regulations, he or she is subject to a wide range of penalties. The trucking company that employees the driver might also be held responsible for such violations.
- The truck driver might be removed from service until off-duty time is accumulated
- Local and state law enforcement might issue the truck driver a fine
- The FMCSA might charge a civil penalty on the driver or carrier
- The safety rating of the carrier might be downgraded if it is evident that a pattern of violations are occurring
- Carriers might also face federal criminal penalties if they or their drivers knowingly and choose to willingly violate HOS regulations