The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s new trucking regulations are now in effect. The laws mandate that truckers must take more breaks while driving and must work less hours altogether in order to lower the incidences of truck accidents on the nation’s highways.
The FMCSA reports that even though truck accidents are down by 30 percent since 2000, the number of crashes still occurring—4,000 in 2011—is still extremely high and necessitates stricter laws; the administration estimates the new rules will prevent almost 1,500 crashes and save 19 lives. And while truckers are protesting the laws as harmful to the industry, the Department of Transportation claims the resultant drop in injurious and deadly crashes will save billions of dollars per year.
If you’ve been injured due to the recklessness of a semi truck driver, you should speak to a Virginia personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our Virginia and Carolina based injury law firm has been arguing truck accident cases for clients for years, and we know how to successfully argue to ensure you receive the compensation you need to recover from such a devastating accident. You can click here to read an article authored by our attorneys explaining the differences between “normal” car accidents and trucking accidents. For instance, in the event of a crash involving a truck, one of the key pieces of evidence in deciding the outcome of a trial is the Trucker’s Log, which all truck drivers must keep in order to show how long they’ve been on the road.