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Here are the hours-of-service rules for truck and bus drivers

Truck drivers and trucking companies are subject to federal regulations and held to a high standard of safety for good reason. Commercial motor vehicles, called CMVs in the industry, typically weigh at least 10,000 pounds and travel from state to state at high rates of speed. That combination of size, weight and speed makes trucks and buses inherently dangerous, so drivers and their employers must be held to a high standard of safety.

Hours-of-service limits are a key regulation of the motor carrier industry. New Yorkers undoubtedly became more familiar with these limits after the devastating truck accident that injured Tracy Morgan and took the life of his friend James McNair. Here let's discuss the basics of hours-of-service limits for truck and bus drivers.

The main purpose of hours-of-service limits is to prevent driver fatigue, which is an all-too-common hazard in the trucking and busing industries. Your life is at risk if you are in close proximity to a CMV operator who is drowsy while driving.

In terms of hours of service, the rules for trucks and buses differ. One thing to understand is that the duties of truck and bus drivers are not limited to operating their vehicles. There are also non-driving duties that have to be accounted for when limiting a driver's hours of service.

For example, truck drivers are prohibited from driving more than 11 hours after being off-duty for 10 consecutive hours. Additionally, truck drivers are not allowed to drive after the 14th hour of being on duty, whether that duty involves driving or not.

For bus drivers there is a 10-hour driving limit after a driver has been off-duty for eight consecutive hours. When you take into account non-driving duties, bus drivers are prohibited from driving after the 15th hour on duty.

The reality is that truck and bus drivers are known for not strictly following these hours-of-service rules, and too often innocent people pay the price. If you have been injured in a commercial vehicle accident, then don't hesitate to contact a personal injury attorney who knows how to investigate hours of service and other regulated aspects of the trucking and busing industries.

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