Government Calls For Stiffer Trucking Industry Regulations
December 9, 2013
In 2004, the U.S. Department of Transportation began implementing regulations to oversee the operations of the transportation industry to reduce the number of tractor-trailer accidents. Now, the department is considering changes to legislation that would stiffen the regulation on the number of the hours truck drivers can operate their vehicles.
The Arkansas Truck Accident Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton state the new laws would slash the number of hours a truck operator was allowed to drive per week from 82 to 70. Drivers must then complete a rest period that includes at least two periods of time between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
An article published by The City Wire explains the penalties for violating these regulations were also stiffened. Now, operating a vehicle for more than three hours over a driver’s legal limit will result in charges being considered an “egregious” violation, which allows for maximum civil penalties to be levied against an offender.
Government officials tout the changes as the best way to address the dangers of truck accidents, considering fatigue is one of the leading causes of collisions involving commercial vehicles.
Rainwater, Holt & Sexton’s Little Rock Personal Injury Lawyers are aware of how complicated and complex the regulations overseeing the trucking industry can be. That is why the firm urges anyone who has been injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle to discuss their legal options with a qualified attorney.