How the Government Wants to Change the Rules to Prevent Truck Crashes in New York and Across the Nation


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7/24/2011
The Pagan Law Firm, P.C.
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A court settlement required that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issue new Hours of Service rules by July 26, 2011. Accordingly, at the end of December the agency issued its new proposed Hours of Service regulations, which were open for comment until March 2011.

The FMCSA suggested that the Hours of Service rules be amended to reduce fatigue-related truck accidents by:
  • Requiring that a driver's work day end after 14 hours in most cases.
  • Limiting the maximum driving hours in one shift to 10 -11 hours.
  • Requiring that drivers have at least 30 minutes off for every 7 hours of driving.
  • Only restarting the weekly duty period once a week and if the driver was provided two periods off between midnight and 6 a.m. 

You may wonder why a New York accident attorney chose to discuss the agency's proposed rules now, when the final rule should be issued any time. While a follow-up post with the new rules will be useful, it is important to see what the agency suggested before the trucking industry and other commentators were able to influence these important safety regulations.

If you have been hurt in a New York truck accident, then it is important to contact a New York accident lawyer as soon as possible after your crash so your lawyer can investigate whether a tired driver or another cause was responsible for your injuries. Please call 1-800-PAGAN-911 today to speak with an experienced New York truck accident lawyer.

*Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, FMCSA, Hours of Service Proposed Rulemaking (December 2010)

To Read More About Tired Truck Driver Accident in New York, Please Read Our Free Library Article: Why Tired Truckers Cause Too Many New York Accidents 

Category: Auto Accidents


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