There are many rules that Texas drivers must follow. These include speed limits, stoplights and signs, work equipment, signaling turns, yielding in the appropriate circumstances, being in the correct lane and many others. These rules are designed to keep the drivers safe. Another big factor for keeping the roads safe is making sure that drivers are paying attention to the road and alert. That is why people are not supposed to drive if they are drinking or too tired.
It is also why there are federal regulations on how long truck drivers can drive in a given period. This is to cut down on tired driving, which can lead to serious truck accidents. The longer a truck driver drives, the more likely they will be tired and lose concentration.
Truck drivers who are transporting property may only work for a 14-hour period before they take at least a 10-hour break. Within that 14-hour period, they may only be driving for 11 hours. They can also only drive for a maximum of 8 hours without taking at least a 30-minute break.
The regulations are slightly different for drivers who are operating passenger vehicles. These drivers can only drive for 10 hours after an 8-hour break. They also cannot drive at all, if they have been on duty for a period of 15 hours after an 8-hour break.
There are many trucks on the roads every day. They are vital for commerce and for the driver’s livelihood as well. However, if they do not follow the regulations and cause accidents, the victims may suffer serious injuries.
These injuries can be life changing in many situations. The victims may receive compensation from the truck driver and maybe even the trucking company, if the driver is responsible for the accident. It is important to understand one’s rights to ensure they receive proper compensation.
Source: ECFR.gov, “U.S. Code Title 49 section 395.3,” accessed on April 24, 2017