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Commercial truck drivers in Iowa: Service regulations

In Iowa, truck drivers and those with commercial vehicles are required to follow federal driving laws and the Hours of Service Regulations that have been approved by the U.S. government. If a driver is caught falsifying logbook times or driving over the limit of hours allowed, he or she may be fined or have his or her license taken. If the driver has been in an accident due to these negligent acts, then you, as a person who has been injured, may have the option to pursue compensation.

For drivers who are carrying property, there is an 11-hour driving limit. The driver must take 10 hours off after this 11-hour time period is hit. Passenger-carrying drivers may only drive for 10 hours maximum. They may continue driving after eight hours off the job.

Interestingly, there is another 14-hour limit imposed on those who drive. They may only drive 11 hours, but they may work an additional three hours on logbook entries or other paperwork. After eight hours on the job, any property-carrying driver must take off at least 30 minutes to rest. Commercial drivers may not drive more than 70 hours per 8 days.

For drivers who carry passengers, there is a 15-hour limit instead of a 14-hour limit. They may also not drive more than 60 to 70 hours on duty per 7 to 8 days on the job for the safety of the passengers.

With these safety rules and regulations in mind, if you've been struck by a driver who wasn't following these rules, you may have a strong case for compensation. They may also be held accountable for criminal offenses, even if you don't choose to pursue a civil lawsuit.

Source: FMCSA, "Summary of Hours of Service Regulations" Dec. 11, 2014

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