Truck driver safety targeted to reduce accidents and save lives
Truck driver fatigue is a serious problem linked to many injury or fatal accidents each year. New laws regarding truck driver working hours hope to reduce accident rates.
October 16, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Truck driver safety targeted to reduce accidents and save lives
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As of July 1, 2013, new federal laws aimed at reducing truck driver fatigue and truck accident fatalities took effect. The statutes govern the number of hours truck drivers around the country are allowed to work and identifies required rest times for a given work period. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that the new laws will save an average of 19 lives and prevent 1,400 accidents and 560 injuries per year.
A look at the numbers
According to reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were a total of 139 motor vehicle fatalities in Orange County in 2011. Of those, three involved large trucks. Statewide for the same period, there were 2,791 fatalities in all with 281 of those, or roughly 10 percent, involving large trucks.
The National Truck Accident Lawyers cite data indicating that 30 percent of commercial vehicle accidents are the result of driver fatigue and that 98 percent of semi-truck collisions end in at least one person's death.
With statistics like these, the need for preventing truck accidents is understood. So is the need for proper handling of any accident that occurs involving a large commercial truck.
The new laws
The new driver fatigue laws reduce the maximum number of hours that a driver can work in a given work period from 82 to 70. Other parameters include:
-Drivers must register 34 consecutive hours off duty, including two full periods from 1:00 am to 5:00 am, per work week.
-Interstate truckers cannot register more than 11 hours of actual drive time per day.
-Interstate truckers cannot register more than 14 hours of total on-duty time per day.
-All truckers must take a break of at least 30 minutes for every eight hours worked.
Companies violating the new laws by more than three hours of driving can be fined up to $11,000 per instance. Individual drivers may be subject to fines up to $2,750 for each incident.
Proper representation matters
Motor vehicle accidents involving large commercial vehicles and trucks can be very complex and require professional legal representation for victims. Personal injury accidents can leave victims with high medical costs, lost wages, disability and more. If you are injured or have lost a loved one due to a truck accident, you should discuss your situation with an attorney to learn the laws surrounding such situations and how you can best protect yourself and receive the necessary compensation.
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