October 17, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that in 2009 alone, there were more than 500,000 motor vehicle accidents in the United States involving tractor-trailers. The Kentucky Truck Accident Lawyers with Woods and Woods Injury Lawyers explain that efforts being made by lawmakers to reduce this number have led to controversy swirling around new trucking safety regulations.
According to an article published in the Daily Dunklin Democrat, the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new Hours-of-Service Safety Regulations went into effect earlier this year. These laws limit the number of hours truck drivers can operate a vehicle to 70 hours per week, versus the previous limit of 82 hours per week. The new regulations also establish periods of rest during certain hours of the day that all truckers must take. Furthermore, the new limits prohibit drivers from working more than 14 hours before taking a mandatory 10-hour rest period.
Penalties for allowing a truck driver to operate past the legal limit can include fines of up to $11,000.
The laws were reformed to prevent accidents caused by driver fatigue, but most truck drivers claim the new limits make it difficult to operate a business.
Woods and Woods Injury Lawyer’s team of Kentucky Personal Injury Attorneys is aware of how complicated the laws regarding operating a commercial truck can be. That is why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you have been injured in an accident caused by a truck driver’s negligence.