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Dixie Highway plus big rigs: Recipe for disaster

If you drive on the Dixie Highway in Kentucky, you are among other motorists who travel some of the most dangerous roads in the United States. Why Dixie Highway is so dangerous is debatable. There are several reasons it has been dubbed, "The Dixie Die-way." Some say traffic volume is a major factor, while others believe intersections without turning lanes place all travelers at risk for collision. 

You may or may not agree with those assessments. Tractor-trailers are often involved in highway collisions, especially those in this particular region of Kentucky. Traffic regulations governing tractor-trailer and other commercial vehicle operations differ from those applied to non-commercial vehicles. The more you know about big rig rules, the better prepared you'll be if a commercial vehicle driver causes you injury in a collision. 

How long was the trucker who caused your injury on the road? 

If you've ever been on the Dixie Highway or some other stretch of traffic-laden road when a tractor-trailer comes barreling up behind you or someone cuts you off while navigating a lane change, you understand how absolutely terrifying it can be to share the road with these massive vehicles. The following list includes information regarding driving times designed to help keep you and all motorists safe: 

  • Tractor-trailer drivers must adhere to regulations regarding how long they may stay behind the wheel without pulling off the road to rest. 
  • There are three main hours of service categories, including 60/70-hour rules, 14-hour rules and 11-hour rules.
  • A big rig operator typically must be off-duty for 10 consecutive hours before he or she can get behind the wheel again.
  • Following a 10-hour rest, a trucker generally has 14 hours to fulfill 11 hours of driving. 
  • After driving eight consecutive hours, a tractor-trailer driver must rest for 30 minutes. 
  • A trucker can remain on duty no more than 60 hours in a 7-day period or 70 hours within eight days.
  • The law specifically defines the term "on duty," which may not necessarily pertain directly to time spent behind the wheel. For instance, a big rig operator is on duty while filling out paperwork for a particular driving assignment. 

There are exceptions to certain tractor-trailer hours of service rules. The bottom line is that you should not have to front all of the financial expenses associated with motor vehicle accident injuries if a tractor-trailer driver involved in your collision was negligent or failed to adhere to official driving regulations.  

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