Truck Wreck Lawyer Notes Rule Change for Semi Drivers
Statistics show that two out of every 100 car accidents involve semi trucks or commercial vehicles, and a person is killed or injured in these accidents every 16 minutes. Trucking accidents cause nearly 5,000 deaths annually, most of which are individuals in passenger vehicles. In recent years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made several substantial changes in the hours of service rules regulating the amount of time that bus drivers, truck drivers and other operators of commercial vehicles can be behind the wheel.
Have you or someone you love been injured in a semi truck accident and like to learn more about your legal rights? Contact the American Injury Attorney Group to determine if you are eligible to pursue a claim. We will connect you with a truck wreck lawyer who will assist you in filing a lawsuit and seeking the compensation to which you may be entitled.
New Hours of Service Rules
According to recent reports, the new rules have been fiercely debated and have been the subject of several court battles. However, the FMSCA has recently released its field study on the current hours-of-service rule. The agency concluded that the new two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. period requirements of the 34-hour restart provisions of the rule will lead to safer commercial vehicle operation.
Conducted in Washington State University by the Sleep Performance Research Center and in Pulsar Informatics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the study analyzed 106 bus and truck drivers ranging between 24 and 69 years of age. The participants were evaluated in two separate duty cycles as well as during the 34-hour restarts on each side.
According to the study, truck drivers who did not rest for two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods experienced increased fatigue, particularly as they approached the end of the duty period, than those who followed the provisions of the current rule. These drivers also reportedly deviated from their lanes more often and experienced greater difficult in remaining alert and concentrating, particularly during nighttime hours.
The administrator of the FMCSA stated that the study confirms that for the small percentage of truck drivers that average as many as 70 driving hours of work each week, two nights of solid rest is better not only for their safety but for the safety of other drivers on the road as well.
Importance of Seeking Legal Counsel
Semi truck accidents can be particularly devastating compared to smaller vehicle crashes. If you are injured, it is important to seek legal counsel from a truck wreck lawyer to pursue a claim and recover damages for the incident. A truck wreck lawyer will evaluate your injury, your medical costs and pain and will evaluate your loss in income and potential loss of future income.
Even though no amount of compensation can heal you or take away the pain of losing a loved one, recovering money from those accountable is a good place to start. An experienced truck wreck lawyer will assist you in holding the appropriate party or parties accountable for your injuries and help to determine the cause of the accident. Semi truck accidents may occur due to driver fatigue, distracted driving, overloading trucks, lack of truck driving experience, failure to obey traffic laws or several other factors.
Injured? Contact a Truck Wreck Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one have been injured in a semi truck accident, contact a truck wreck lawyer to learn more about your legal rights. The American Injury Attorney Group is offering no-obligation consultations, free of charge, to those who feel as though they have a valid claim. We will answer your questions and address your concerns and connect you with an experienced truck wreck lawyer who can assist you in pursuing a claim. You may be entitled to seek compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages or loss of income. Additionally, if you have lost a loved one in a semi truck accident, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit on his or her behalf. Contact us today to learn more.
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