According to U.S. Department of Labor statistics, truck drivers have the
most dangerous occupation in the nation because they cause a high number
of accidents that result in death and devastating injuries, not only to
truckers themselves, but also to passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers.
Many of these accidents occur due to drowsiness truckers experience as
a result of their extremely long hours on the road. A new federal regulation,
to be implemented in two years, aims to correct that. It will require
electronically log the hours they spend driving. The regulations will affect 3 million commercial truck
and bus drivers nationwide.
The new regulation is an effort to combat the high number of fatalities
caused by trucker fatigue. The new rule is meant to enforce the amount
of time that is legally permissible for truckers to spend driving. According
to rules established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA), commercial truck drivers are only permitted to work a 14-hour
shift with only 11 hours of driving, after which they must take a ten-hour
break. Drivers had previously logged these hours manually on paper logs,
but under the new regulation, they will be required to log their hours
electronically with a device implanted in each truck.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration projects that the electronic
logging devices will save 26 lives yearly and prevent 562 injuries. The
system is also expected to cut back on $1 billion in paperwork that trucking
companies and law enforcement spend in reviewing the records of drivers.
If you have been injured in a
truck accident, contact an attorney experienced in handling these matters. The
New York personal injury attorneys at Mirman, Markovitz & Landau, P.C. are skilled and knowledgeable
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