Think trucking regulations don't affect you? Think again. Anyone who has been injured in a truck crash in St. Louis knows that the regulations overseeing the trucking industry do indeed play into the resulting personal injury claim.
Starting this month, truckers must now abide by reduced hours of work, a federal rule mandated in order to cut down on the number of accidents caused by exhausted, overworked truck drivers.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced new service hours for truck drivers nationwide in 2011. Over the past year-and-a-half, the new regulations have slowly been implemented.
As of July, the last piece is now in place. Specifically, truck drivers must now:
- Drive no more than 70 hours per week (down from 82 maximum hours allowed)
- Take a half-hour break within the first eight hours of a daily shift
- Rest for at least 34 hours following a 70-hour work week before resuming work. This must include at least two nights sleeping between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
- Drive no more than 11 hours a day and work no more than 14 hours a day (previously implemented)
The FMCSA estimates that the new regulations will prevent as many as 1,400 truck crashes nationwide each year, preventing 560 injuries and saving 19 lives. In 2008 alone, 75 people died in Missouri truck accidents and another 1,300 were injured in Missouri truck wrecks.
The FMCSA attributes a large number of these accidents to trucker fatigue, hence the new regulations.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a St. Louis truck accident, you should enlist the help of an experienced St. Louis truck crash lawyer who can help you investigate the cause of the crash. A skilled lawyer can help you determine whether the truck driver who hit you was following current federal trucking rules or not.
For a free consultation or to request your FREE copy of The Guide on How to Pick a Lawyer, call the attorneys of Alvin Wolff today at 314-241-2500.