Our Team of Lawyers

About Our Firm

We are honored that thousands of clients have sought our representation in their legal affairs. Our firm consists of lawyers licensed to practice in Texas, Louisiana & Mississippi. In addition to these states, we provide representation to clients in various other parts of the country with proper local co-counsel associations.
Learn more about us

No Obligation, No Cost, Contact Us Today

Free Case Evaluation

Map 1

Baton Rouge7908 Wrenwood Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Phone: 866-208-9311
Fax: 866-208-9311

Map 2

Lake CharlesCapital One Tower
Suite 1270
Lake Charles, LA 70629

Phone: 866-208-9311

Map 4

Houston3730 Kirby Drive
Suite 1200
Houston, TX 77098

Phone: 866-208-9311

Map 5

New Orleans1615 Poydras Street
Suite 900
New Orleans, LA 70112

Toll Free: 866-208-9311

Update: Simien & Simien, LLC is open and we are here to help you as we know your needs do not stop. The firm is currently open and operating. In light of current public health concerns, please know that we are following all health guidelines to protect both our team and our clients. We are offering virtual meetings by request.

Attorneys Serving Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi

Will this behind-the-wheel trucking change promote or hinder safety?

On Behalf of | Sep 3, 2020 | Trucking Accidents

Many of our readers in Louisiana and elsewhere have likely heard the term “hours of service” (HOS) in reference to the commercial trucking industry.

Its thrust is quite simple and premised on public safety. Truck drivers across the country were at one time unburdened by any regulation that limited the hours they spent behind the wheel on a given day. They are now limited by federal law to a maximum workday of 14 hours, with no more than 11 of those hours actually spent driving.

The HOS limitation has invited both praise and scorn. In the latter encampment are many drivers who have long chafed under the 14-hour mandate. They regard it as both unrealistic and rigid. A recent article spotlighting the rule notes drivers’ stressed need “to rest when they are tired, rather than when the regulatory clock says they should.”

Federal regulators have listened to industry complaints and are now responding with a pilot program that will give truckers up to three additional hours to play with.

To wit: A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposal announced last week will evaluate the results of the 14-hour maximum workday now being expanded to 17 hours. The rationale is to give drivers some added discretion in determining when they really need to rest and expanded flexibility in juggling their schedules.

That leads of course to questions surrounding public safety. Although truckers making adjustments can arguably better control their workday, that day in some instances will be significantly lengthened from what has been the norm.

We will keep readers duly apprised of any material updates that are reported concerning the pilot initiative.


FindLaw Network

Free Case Evaluation

Latest From Our Blog

If you are looking for a law firm that has knowledge and experience, you will find it with Simien & Simien, LLC.

Free Case Evaluation

Our team of dedicated Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi attorneys represent injured persons throughout Louisiana, including Alexandria, Opelousas, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Houma-Thibodeaux, New Orleans, Shreveport, Monroe, and throughout Mississippi and areas of Texas including Orange, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston and the other metro areas.