Truck Drivers Should be More Awake Following Rules Change
Posted On behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Mar 25, 2014 in Truck Accidents
One of the many things the government is meant to do is to help protect people by creating sets of rules and regulations by which to live. If everyone in Simsbury were able to drive how they wanted, there would likely be far more car accidents than there currently are. So, when the government publishes new rules about driving, they are often meant to keep people safe.
For quite a while now, the federal government has been creating rules to combat truck driver fatigue. Without the rules, drivers could be forced to drive well-past when it is safe because the trucking company wants to minimize the amount of time the truck is on a single trip. The problem is, however, that the more tired a trucker gets, the greater the chance that he or she could cause a serious crash.
Even with all the rules of the road, there are still truck drivers causing accidents. That being said, when an accident does happen, a crash victim can file a personal injury lawsuit against the trucker and his or her trucking company. If the accident can be attributed to the trucker's negligence or carelessness, the victim could walk away with enough to compensate him- or herself for the pain and suffering of the accident. A reputable, personal injury attorney may be able to help to determine if there are sufficient grounds to file a damages claim.
According to a recent study, new safety regulations that require truckers to get two nights off every cycle of seven to eight days should help reduce fatigue. Even if the amount of hours off is still roughly the same, having the time to sleep at night should help keep Connecticut's roads safer.
Source: The Huffington Post, “New Safety Rules For Truck Drivers Effectively Reduce Fatigue,” Feb. 3, 2014