FMCSA Seeks to Limit Hours of Service for Truck Drivers

FMCSA Seeks to Limit Hours of Service for Truck Drivers

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.