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Fulton County may see improvement in truck accident rate

The essence of the new trucker regulations focuses on the number of hours that drivers are able to work and when and for how long
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    December 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Fulton County may see improvement in truck accident rate

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that Fulton County was the scene of more than 31 percent of all large truck fatalities statewide for the year 2011. That number should make Georgia drivers take note.

In addition, deaths from large truck accidents comprised more than 13 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in the county overall. In all, 61 people died in auto wrecks in Fulton County in 2011 and eight of those were caused by a collision with a large commercial truck.

Options to reduce the risk

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is aware of the risks associated with accidents involving large trucks and took action with new laws that they enacted this summer. Their goal is to reduce the fatigue that can be experienced by drivers after long hours on the road, thereby cutting down the instance of accidents and personal injuries.

The organization issued statistics citing that it believes the new laws will help to prevent the occurrence of 19 deaths, 560 injuries from accidents and a total of 1,400 crashes. While fatigue in drivers is only one factor affecting the rate of collisions, such an impact would be a positive step forward for all citizens.

What are the new laws?

The essence of the new trucker legislation focuses on the number of hours that drivers are able to work and when and for how long they should take breaks from their work. Some of the key guidelines include the following:
-No more than 14 hours in one 24-hour day can be worked.
-No more than 11 of those hours can be logged as actual drive time.
-No more than 70 hours of work can be recorded in one designated work week.
-For every eight hours of work recorded, a 30-minute rest period is required.
-For every work week, a break of 34 consecutive hours must be taken. This break is required to cover two unique periods of time from 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.

If a driver is found to have violated the laws in any way, fines can be assessed against the driver directly, the owner of the truck or the trucking company. Other penalties may also be enforced depending upon the circumstances.

Safety matters--and so do your rights

It can always be positive for citizens to know that the laws are working to keep them safe. However, because accidents can still happen, it is important to know how to act in such an event. If you have been the victim of a truck accident, it is always wise to seek proper legal counsel to make sure that your rights are fully protected.

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