New Regulations For Truck Drivers Should Reduce Personal Injury Accidents.

July 26, 2013

As Buffalo personal injury lawyers, we try to stay on top of any changes to rules and regulations related to driver safety.  This month, the streets of Buffalo and Western New York became safer as new federal regulations took effect limiting the work hours of truck drivers.

Because of the serious risk of personal injury or wrongful death associated with fatigued truck drivers, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has limited the hours interstate truck drivers may legally work for several years.  These limitations include a maximum of 11 hours of daily driving and a total work day of no more than 14 hours.  On July 1, 2013 – after years of scientific research into driver fatigue – new FMCSA regulations imposing additional limitations to help prevent truck driver fatigue took effect.

The biggest change in these regulations is a decrease in the maximum average work week for truck drivers from 82 hours to 70 hours.  Truck drivers who reach the maximum of 70 hours may resume driving if they rest for 34 hours straight, which must include at least two nights.  Truck drivers are now also required to take at least a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of work.

According to the FMCSA, these new regulations should prevent approximately 1,400 truck accidents every year.  More information regarding the regulations can be found at the FMCSA website.

If you have suffered personal injury in a truck accident, we would be happy to answer your legal questions.  Please call us at 716-400-0000 for a free consultation.