Proposed Hours of Service Rule Changes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed hours of service for truck drivers. Check out the side by side comparison of the current versus proposed rule here .

Driver fatigue is a contributing factor in almost 40% of fatal crashes. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 750 people die and 20,000 more are injured each year due directly to fatigued commercial vehicle drivers.

Symptoms of fatigue include: Yawning, poor concentration, restlessness, slow reaction time, irritability, sore eyes, burning eyes, inability to stay in one’s lane.

Often drivers are paid by the mile or are paid more the longer distances they drive. This pay structure can incentivize the drivers to push the limits. The longer they are working and on the roads driving, the higher the likelihood of a crash.

Trucking accidents often times are more complex than standard automobile accident cases. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck related crash, contact the our firm, 919.789-1736 today!

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