On July 1st 2013, new regulations put forth by the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) went into effect. These new regulations were meant to target truck driver fatigue. According to a FMCSA spokesperson, the rules are “data-driven changes to reduce truck driver fatigue and improve safety for every traveler on our highways and roads.” So, were these new laws really necessary? Absolutely.
The long hours worked by truck drivers have been connected with a high risk of accidents. They project the implementation of these new laws will save 19 lives, avoid 560 injuries, and prevent 1,400 wrecks. The new laws will limit the maximum average work week from 82 to 70 hours and require 30 minute breaks to be taken during the first 8-hour shift of driving.
Trucking companies that break these rules will be subject to thousands of dollars in fines, and they should be. Driver fatigue is very serious. In fact, just last week in Cheyenne County a tired truck driver was speculated to have been the cause of a deadly truck accident. It’s believed the driver fell asleep behind the wheel and struck a pedestrian who was walking on the shoulder of US 40. The pedestrian lost their life and the truck driver was cited by “careless driving resulting in death.”
Do You Need A Colorado Springs Truck Accident Lawyer?
The new laws will hopefully decrease the amount of commercial truck accidents, but what happens when those laws aren’t followed? The truck driver and their employer should be held responsible for their negligence, and the truck accident attorneys at Heuser & Heuser are ready to fight on your behalf.
If you’ve been hurt by a negligent truck driver, you could be entitled to financial compensation, and an experienced accident attorney will fight for the maximum settlement you deserve. So, contact Heuser & Heuser, tell us your story, and ask us how we can help.
Source. ColoradoSprings.com, ‘http://coloradosprings.com/pedestrian-killed-by-semi-truck-in-cheyenne-county/article/1507514,’ Andrea Sinclair, October 10, 2013.
Source. Dot.gov, ‘http://www.dot.gov/briefing-room/new-hours-service-safety-regulations-reduce-truck-driver-fatigue-begin-today,’ July 01, 2013.