October 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- New regulations aim to curb truck accidents
Tampa motorists know the risk of accidents exists every time they are on the road. Basic traffic laws are one way that the government and law enforcement works to help maintain and improve public safety. Sometimes additional laws are necessary. One example is the new suite of laws that have been recently enacted by the federal government pertaining to commercial truck drivers.
Nationwide, 2,346 fatal accidents involving large trucks were recorded in 2011, according to the Department of Transportation. In Florida, 213 people died in truck accidents. Hillsborough County saw 11 of those deaths, tying it for the number four position statewide in large truck fatalities for that year.
Such statistics make clear the need for continued vigilance and attempts to improve safety for truck drivers, other motorists and pedestrians alike. The new laws focus heavily on preventing fatigue for truck drivers, a factor that is believed to be a large contributor to truck accidents
Overview of the new laws
Spearheaded by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the number of hours a trucker is allowed to work, required breaks and more are clearly defined. Some of the specific rules include:
-Drivers can work a maximum of 70 hours in one solid work week. The prior maximum was 82 hours.
-Drivers must record a rest period lasting no less than 34 hours. It must span two separate time periods of 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
-For every eight hours a driver works, he or she must take a minimum 30-minute break period.
-Drivers can work no more than 14 hours in one day.
-No more than 11 hours of actual drive time can be registered in one single day.
These laws were developed with the prevention of motor vehicle accidents
clearly in mind. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association has published its estimates on the outcomes of these new laws. The prevention of 560 injuries and 19 fatalities is predicted as a result of these improvements.
What motorists can do
Certainly it is the responsibility of every driver on the road to obey traffic laws and to drive in a safe manner. Accident prevention is always the best action. However, when an accident does occur, getting advice from a lawyer is often important. This is especially the case when the accident involves a large commercial truck. Individuals can be more vulnerable when navigating the post-accident process against a truck company and can benefit from the professional assistance of an attorney.
Article provided by Fiol Law Group
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