A recent out-of-state case related to the trucking industry serves as a valuable reminder. Hours of service regulations are not simply safety recommendations. They are the law. Following those trucking laws is crucial to the prevention of the deadly kind of truck accidents that claim too many lives here in Illinois and across the U.S. every year.
One trucking company was recently required by a court to pay its worker $276,000 after illegally firing him. The driver refused to work in certain weather/traffic conditions because doing so would have bled into illegal working hours. His company clearly didn’t value the law and safety the way it should have and was penalized for it.
But what are the basic hours of service rules for truckers?
These are just a few of the hours regulations meant to prevent driver fatigue and related traffic accidents. Laws get more specific and, therefore, more complicated. That is why someone who has been injured because of a professional driver’s negligence needs to work with a personal injury lawyer who has experience in cases involving the trucking and overall commercial driving industry.