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Survey: Public against increasing truck driving hours allowed

Posted on behalf of Michael D'Amico of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Oct 21, 2014 in Truck Accidents

As is the case in any type of motor vehicle accident, there are multiple reasons why a truck accident might occur. A reason getting a lot of attention lately is drowsy drivers. Despite this, a senator recently amended the Senate appropriations bill to increase the amount of hours a truck driver would be allowed to drive. Specifically, per week, the amendment seeks to increase the hours allowed to 82 from the current standard of 70 hours per week.

A survey recently commissioned by the Truck Safety Coalition and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety indicates that the general public does not support such a change. Specifically the survey found that 80 percent of those who took part would feel less safe should drivers of trucks be allowed to spend more time each week driving.

It is possible that the truck accident that resulted in serious injuries to comedian Tracy Morgan played a role in the outcome of the survey. Drowsy driving is believed to have been a factor in that crash which, in addition to injuries, resulted in the death of one.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the American Trucking Association takes issue with the results of the survey. It indicates that the survey is misleading and that in fact, most people think that individuals who drive trucks professionally are actually the safest on the road.

How this matter will be resolved remains to be seen. In the meantime, truck drivers who are not well rested and are behind the wheel of a truck which is involved in a crash, could find that they are being held accountable for their negligent behavior via a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: The Hill, “Safety advocates push new survey in fight over trucking hours" Tim Devaney, Oct. 16, 2014