All too often,
trucking accidents involve drivers who are operating an 18-wheeler on inadequate rest or
who are carrying a load that exceeds capacity regulations. In order to
help curb this problem, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) is in the final stages of two new truck rules:
- Limit service to 10 consecutive hours
- Require trucks to convert to electronic on-board recorders to keep tabs
on the hours driven continuously.
The Truck Safety Coalition is pushing for quick approval of the rules,
while the trucking industry supports the on-board recorders but not changing
the driving limits.
Drowsy Driving Causes Thousands of Injuries & Deaths
Joan Claybrook, a consumer activist, stated that “every year about
4,000 people needlessly die on our highways and 100,000 more are injured
in truck crashes.” “Families and truck drivers are being slaughtered
on our highways because of the trucking industry’s relentless push
for bigger, overweight trucks operated by drivers who are exhausted and
pressured to meet unreasonable delivery deadlines.”
If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident in which drowsy driving
was a factor, you have legal options. Contact a Springfield truck accident
attorney at Strong-Garner-Bauer P.C. to request a free initial case evaluation.
We'd be happy to review the circumstances of your case and advise
you on how best to proceed. Our firm has been trusted in Missouri for
more than 40 years, during which time we have recovered more than $7 billion
for clients. Call (417) 855-2022 today to put our experienced legal team
on your case.