Important Facts about Trucking Industry Service Hour Regulations

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Personal Injury, Truck Accidents | 0 comments

With the increase of truck and car accidents on American roads today, car and truck companies need more than just protect people during a crash. Keeping people out of accidents can soon be possible as well. With 10.8 million motor vehicle accidents happening every year in the United States (500,000 for truck accidents, with 5,000 of these accidents resulting in fatalities), it may be time to look into accident prevention measures as well.

Even with defensive driving techniques, a motorist can still be seriously injured because of other people’s negligence and careless driving; as stated in an article from Williams Kherkher, most common causes of car accident injuries are because of drunk driving, reckless driving, car defects and malfunctions, etc. This is the main reason why car companies have tried improving features such as forward-collision warning as well as automatic braking systems. These features help alert the drivers about possible crashes, thereby avoiding accidents.

Meanwhile, truck accidents (especially those commercial trucks) occur because of fatigue and drowsiness due to their long hours of driving and time-pressure to deliver their cargoes. Fatigued drivers are more prone to accidents, posing increased risks not only to the driver but everyone on the road. Based on the website of Spiros Law, P.C., results of any truck accident can be catastrophic; therefore for preventive measures the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has passed new rules regarding truck drivers. These new rules include things such as limiting the average work week to 70 hours, requiring truck drivers to have 30-minute breaks before starting an eight-hour shift, and limits of an 11-hour daily driving limit with a 14-hour workday.

Because of the serious injuries and damages that a vehicle accident can cause, it is always better to have preventive measure in order to protect one’s self. With latest technologies and safety practices, these devastating accidents may be lessened and roads may soon be safer.

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