A national news story out of New Jersey shows the terrible tragedies that result when a driver does not get sufficient sleep. On Saturday, June 7, a crash between a Walmart truck being driven by a driver who may not have slept in 24 hours and a Mercedes limousine bus resulted in one fatality and multiple serious injuries.
There are many risks posed by commercial truck drivers, but one of the biggest threats is driving while fatigued. The knowledgeable Miami truck accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano have more than 130 years of collective experience in finding the evidence to prove the negligence of a wrongdoer. Our attorneys will fight to get you the answers that you need.
Although the investigation into the truck crash isongoing, the driver of the 2011 Peterbilt truck, who was driving for Walmart, has been charged in the crash that killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured comedian and actor Tracy Morgan, as well as two other individuals, while another person in the limo suffered from minor injuries. Initial accounts of the accident state that the truck failed to react to slowed traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike and the driver swerved to avoid crashing into the vehicles in front of him, leading him to collide with the limo. The force of the impact caused the limo bus to flip over and collide with other vehicles at the accident site.
At this time, investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are working with the Garden State law enforcement officers to identify all issues and facts of this crash. The driver has issued a denial that he was awake for more than 24 hours before the crash and has pleaded “not guilty” in a preliminary hearing. In addition, Walmart has stated that the driver was operating within the guidelines established for commercial truck drivers by the federal government. Regardless of the outcome of the investigation into this horrific crash, the issue of fatigued drivers remains a serious concern.
The Future of Regulations to Prevent Fatigued Driving
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enacted restrictions on how many hours that a driver can be on the road before needing to take a long rest break. These regulations placed a 70 hour restriction on a work week in order to ensure that truck drivers were getting sufficient rest, which was put into effect less than one year ago. However, the Senate is considering legislation to roll back the safety measures that were enacted in July 2013, at least for a year. Just two days before this terrible crash, Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) proposed rolling back the safety regulations to permit truckers to spend more time driving each week. The committee that took up this issue was expected to propose reinstating the 82 hour work weeks that existed prior to the new regulations. Although this proposal was enthusiastically supported by the trucking industry, many groups, including the FMCSA and vehicle safety advocates, opposed the rollback. With the seriousness of fatigued truck drivers getting a lot of attention right now, the legislation may face a greater challenge.
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Being involved in a truck underride accident can lead to horrific injuries and a life that never will be the same. The dedicated and experienced Miami truck accident attorneys at Greenberg Stone and Urbano understand how much you and your family are suffering and we will do our best to get the compensation that you deserve. With 130 years of collective experience, our attorneys are proficient in getting good results for our clients. This dedication has been recognized with an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and an invitation to join a very selective legal society, Primerus. Moreover, the Miami Herald has voted us one of South Florida’s top-rated law firms. To discuss what happened to you or your loved one, call us at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.