June 24, 2013
Truck accidents are a major hazard on United States highways. In fact, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that in 2008, more than 123,500 crashes involved tractor-trailers. Of those collisions, almost 50,000 resulted in injuries, while around 5,000 claimed a life.
Numbers show that truck drivers who are fatigued cause a large portion of big rig accidents. Laws have been in place since 1939 that regulate the number of hours a truck driver can be on the road each day and week. However, the government recently updated these statutes in an effort to lower the number of Truck Accident Injuries and fatalities recorded each year.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that beginning next Monday, July 1, truck drivers may only operate a vehicle for an 11 hour period of time after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Drivers are also not allowed to drive after their 14th consecutive hour on duty or after working more than 70 hours within eight consecutive days. They must also comply with a law requiring they have at least 34 consecutive hours off duty before beginning a new workweek.
Officials are hopeful less time on the road will result in fewer accidents caused by drowsy truck drivers.
The Colorado Personal Injury Lawyers with McDivitt Law Firm acknowledge the devastating results truck accidents can have and are here to help those who have been harmed in a crash involving a commercial tractor-trailer.