February 01, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/
-- Florida motorists know the risks of sharing the roads with large trucks. The sheer weight alone of a tractor trailer, bus or another type of commercial truck can increase the potential severity of a truck accident
. The reasons for such collisions are many but two of the most common are driver distraction and driver fatigue.
Florida motorists face many risks when sharing the roads with large motor vehicles. The sheer weight alone of a tractor trailer, bus or other motorized behemoth, which can weigh 80,000 pounds, increases the danger of significant injuries in a collision. The causes of collisions involving large trucks are many but two major problems are driver distraction and driver fatigue.
Problems associated with managing fatigue in truck drivers who must face very long, lonely hours on the road, led the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to implement new regulations last year. At the heart of these rules is the desire to reduce fatigue in truckers and, as a result, reduce the number of truck accidents and associated fatalities.
To combat the concern of fatigued truck drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented new regulations last year. The new rules were designed to reduce fatigue in truckers and, as a result, reduce the number of truck accidents and associated fatalities.
How can the new regulations help?
With the creation of the new guidelines, the federal government has opted to reduce the number of hours that truck drivers can work at one time as well as over the course of a single work week. It is the intention of the FMCSA that doing this will prevent truckers from getting as tired when driving. It is a fact that more alert drivers have an improved ability to avoid accidents.
The new regulations mandate the reduction of the number of hours that truck drivers can work at one time as well as over the course of a single work week. It is the goal of the FMCSA that this will prevent truckers from getting as tired when driving. It is a fact that more alert drivers have an improved ability to avoid crashes.
Data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's 2011 records indicates that nearly nine percent of all vehicular fatalities in Florida were the result of truck accidents. A total of 213 people died in truck accidents that year.
Based upon its statistics and research, the FMCSA predicts that the changes will eliminate 1,400 truck accidents completely. This will thereby prevent a related 560 accidents and save the lives of 19 individuals. Limiting the number of fatal truck accidents
is a goal that all citizens can appreciate.
What are the new rules?
Some of the specific rules that truck drivers have had to adjust to since the implementation last July are:
- A truck driver's work week maximum has been reduced from a prior 82 hours down to 70 hours.
- A truck driver's work day cannot exceed a total of 14 hours.
- A truck driver is only allowed to spend a maximum of 11 hours driving in one day.
- For every eight hours of work, whether driving or performing any other task, a truck driver must take a required break lasting a minimum of 30 minutes.
- In each week, a truck driver is required to take a longer rest time that lasts a minimum of 34 hours.
If a violation of these rules is found to have occurred, it is not only the individual truck driver but the truck owner and the trucking company that can all be fined.
Getting help is important
When you or someone that you know is involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, it is important that you secure professional help to navigate the post-accident process. Talking to an attorney who understands truck laws and related topics is your best bet.
When you or someone that you know is involved in a collision with a commercial vehicle, it is important that you hire a lawyer to help you obtain justice. Talking to an experienced attorney who understands truck laws and related topics will help assure that you get the best recovery and outcome possible.
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