The dangers that drowsy drivers (in particular, drowsy truck drivers) pose to you and others traveling on the roads in and around Manassas has been well-documented. You may also know that such drivers are required to follow certain guidelines regulating exactly how long they can drive and to record those hours for review. Yet you may think that such standards are only imposed on drivers transporting freight. Many of the clients that we here at The Law Offices of Locklin & Coleman, PLLC have worked with have been surprised to learn that commercial vehicle drivers must also adhere to similar regulations.
You might not group bus drivers and others who transport passengers along with truck drivers due to the unique differences between their jobs. However, while those who transport passengers typically are not required to drive for the same amount of time as semi-truck drivers (or cover the same distances), they too can be subject to fatigue. Because of this, the federal government has also placed hours of service restrictions on them. These regulations (as shared by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) state that one transporting passengers cannot:
- Exceed 10 hours of drive time after having spent eight consecutive hours off duty
- Exceed 15 hours of drive time without having to take a mandatory eight consecutive hours off duty
- Exceed 60/70 hours of drive time over a period of 7/8 consecutive days
Both short- and long-route bus drivers may experience fatigue, so ensuring that their recorded hours of service are checked is something you should insist upon after having been involved in an accident with such a vehicle. You can find more information on holding commercial vehicle drivers responsible for the accidents they cause by continuing to explore our site.