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Indiana Truck Accident Lawyer |Hours Of Service Rules

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Nov 04, 2014 | 0 Comments

Indiana truck accident lawyer discusses hours of service rules.

For those of you who haven't driven on our highways, the I-80 and I-65 corridors are heavy with semi-truck traffic because they are main thoroughfares for trucks traveling over to road and across the nation.  In any truck accident case, the first thing the attorney is going to attempt to get is the truck driver's log books that document his hours of service (HOS).  Federal rules require that truck drivers log their on and off service times in these books.  The US Transportation Secretary recently stated, “Trucking is a difficult job, and a big rig can be deadly when a driver is tired and overworked .”  It's that simple, when truck drivers are tired or overworked, they are more easily distracted and bad things can happen.

The current HOS rule allows a truck driver to operate their “rig” for 11 consecutive hours, which will stay put for now.  However, a new ruling reduces a driver's total weekly hours by 12 to 70 hours per week.   In addition, truck drivers cannot drive after working eight hours without first taking a break of at least 30 minutes. Drivers can take the 30-minute break whenever they need rest during the eight-hour window.

Truck accidents can be particularly devastating.  Many truck drivers feel the federal rules are impacting their ability to earn a living; however, it appears that the government is focusing on safety of the drivers and the public on our roadways.

If you have any questions about a Northwest Indiana semi-truck accident, you can call our Michigan City truck accident lawyer at (219) 874-4878 or shoot us an email.

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Guy DiMartino

I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+


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