Truck Driver Liable - Violating The Hour of Regulation

Q: Can a company or truck driver be held liable for truck accidents that occurred due to violating the hours of regulation?

A: West Palm Beach truck accidents are dangerous; due to the massive size and high speed of these big rigs, a Florida truck accident can often mean fatalities for vulnerable passenger vehicles. The Code of Federal Regulations – Title 49: Transportation states that no person “shall aid, abet, encourage, or require a motor carrier or its employees to violate the rules” of the FMCSR. (49 C.F.R. § 390.13- Article) It is common for carriers to schedule deliveries that cannot possibly be accomplished without breaking the hours of service rules. However truck drivers, truck companies and truck company owners are all responsible to ensure that drivers comply with the Hours of Regulation rules—important regulations designed to avoid the increased likelihood of accidents and fatalities associated with driver fatigue. If you or a family member has been seriously injured in a Florida semi truck crash, contact a West Palm Beach County truck accident attorney at Fetterman & Associates to ensure your rights are properly protected.