Defining on-duty hours for truck drivers

Most of those with whom we work with here at The Law Offices of Anthony Urban P.C. following truck accidents understand that truckers face challenges when on the road. What they may not know is that there are federal regulations in place that truck drivers are expected to adhere to in order to mitigate those challenges. These include the number of hours that a driver can be “on-duty” consecutively. If you happened to be involved in a truck accident in Pottsville, and the driver of truck was shown to have exceeded his or her on-duty hours limit, then you could be entitled to increased compensation.

The trick in proving that a truck driver has exceeded the federally-mandated working hours limit is determining when he or she is actually on-duty. You might automatically assume that on-duty hours are limited to those that a trucker spends behind the wheel of his or her vehicle. However, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, on-duty hours for truck drivers include:

Beyond that, anytime spent actually in his or her vehicle is considered on-duty time. The only exceptions would be when he or she is resting, sleeping, or for up to two hours riding as a passenger before or after a period of sleep.

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