Earlier this year, a tractor-trailer truck accident happened after the truck’s driver pulled over to the side of the road for a bathroom break.
According to CDL Life, a trucking industry digital news outlet, the incident happened around 3:26 am when the trucker pulled the tractor-trailer truck onto the dirt shoulder so he could take a bathroom break. The shoulder was muddy, which led to the truck sliding and eventually overturning into a cotton field.
The truck landed on its passenger side, and the incident resulted in no injuries. The truck was hauling acid at the time of the incident. Another truck had to be called to remove the acid from the overturned truck to ensure that it did not leak out and cause further damage.
Law enforcement was still investigating the incident at the time of this report.
How Many Breaks Are Truckers Supposed to Take?
Truck drivers are supposed to follow the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s hours-of-service regulations. Those regulations include rules for how often drivers must take breaks and how long those breaks must be. Here are a few of the hours-of-service rules regarding breaks that truckers must follow:
- Property-Carrying Truckers – These truckers can drive a maximum of 11 hours straight but only after they have been off for at least 10 hours straight. They must also take a 30-minute break if they have driven 8 cumulative hours without a break.
- Passenger-Carrying Drivers – These drivers can drive a maximum of 10 hours straight but only after they have been off for at least 8 hours straight.
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