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What are the hours-of-service rules for truckers in the state of Washington?

A: Hours-of-service guidelines are rules regarding the number of hours that a truck driver can safely and effectively work. As statistics show that truckers that drive more than eight consecutive hours double the risk of being involved with a truck accident, these rules are designed to promote safety on the roads.

At the beginning of 2004, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) created brand new hours-of-service rules for truckers. These regulations involved increasing both the weekly and daily permitted driving times and also increased the daily off-duty trucker time period. For example, commercial truckers were not permitted to drive more than 11 hours after 10 consecutive off-duty hours - and could not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after arriving on duty. Further, Seattle truck drivers would not be able to drive after working 60 work hours within a week or 70 hours within eight days.

However, if truck drivers stopped driving for 34 consecutive hours, they could "restart" their driving cycle once again; thus, with this stipulation truckers could drive up to 88 hours in eight days or 77 hours in seven days.

In October of 2005, additional regulations came into effect. These new rules stated that truck drivers that utilize sleeper berths can divide the 10-hour break into one two-hour period and one 10-hour period. In order to keep track of these hours, truck drivers must self-report these hours in logbooks.

Have you or someone you know been injured in a Seattle truck accident? Contact us here at Rubinstein Law -1-800-318-0502 - toll free to talk with one of our experienced Seattle truck accident attorneys and obtain a free estimate.