Lawmakers Aim to Reduce Truck Accident Numbers
October 21, 2013
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says that thousands of lives are lost each year in collisions involving commercial tractor-trailers. The Arkansas Truck Accident Lawyers with Rainwater, Holt & Sexton explain that lawmakers are working to reduce these numbers by recently passing several new pieces of legislation aimed at improving safety in the trucking industry.
One of the most dangerous causes of tractor-trailer combination accidents is drowsy driving. According to The City Wire, lawmakers are addressing the issue though by now requiring all drivers to be tested for sleep apnea. The condition causes the sufferer to stop breathing in their sleep and can prevent drivers from getting adequate rest. A recent study found that roughly 28 percent of commercial truck drivers are affected by the condition.
The new law allows each state to determine how truck drivers should be tested for the condition. In Arkansas, drivers will be required to participate in an “ability to drive” hearing, where evidence will be investigated to determine whether or not an individual suffers from sleep apnea.
The law firm’s team of Arkansas Personal Injury Lawyers applauds the efforts being made to improve safety of both truck drivers and other motorists. The firm is hopeful the changes are successful in reducing accident numbers.