The trucking industry recently won a significant victory when lawmakers blocked the adoption of safety rules aimed to keep tired truckers off the roadways—and this may not be their only pushback on safety regulations. The American Trucking Associations has already pledged to return to the Capitol next month when Republicans control the house to try and block state rules requiring additional rest breaks for truckers, beyond those mandated by federal law. The South Florida 18 wheeler accident lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano are concerned that rollbacks of trucking safety laws could lead to more truck accidents. Our firm has assisted thousands of truck accident victims in Florida. We understand the immense damages a truck accident can inflict and will fight for your maximum financial recovery.
Could More Trucking Safety Laws Rollback?
The federal trucking industry has been heavily regulated for decades due to concerns for public safety. Truckers often carry loads of 80,000 pounds. They traverse roadways across the United States delivering and picking up vital goods. While truckers perform an important function, they can inflict considerable injuries on the drivers and passengers of smaller motor vehicles. Due to the potential dangers of large trucks, federal regulations aim to protect other road users and truckers themselves.
Currently, the federal hours of service regulations require that truckers take a 35-hour break at the end of their work week. Safety experts moved to have this break include two rest periods between one a.m. and five a.m. The trucking industry blocked this regulation and currently the law is suspended. Now, the trucking industry backed by the GOP have blocked a proposal that would have required truckers to take at least two nights off to rest after a work week of 75 hours.
It is anticipated that the trucking industry will now move to increase the weight limit of trucks up to 90,000 pounds while increasing the length of trailers from 28 feet to 33 feet. Truckers themselves seem divided on the issue, with some agreeing that mandating more rest is important to prevent fatigue, while others feel that truckers themselves should set their own rest and work schedule.
Tired truckers should be of vital concern to the entire nation. Last year, a horrific tractor trailer accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan brought to light the dangers posed by tired truckers. Investigations revealed that the trucker that hit Morgan and killed his friend was awake for about 24 hours before the crash. Despite the clear hazards posed by overtired truckers, it appears the trucking industry will continue to push for the rollback of several federal and state safety provisions.
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We hope that our nation and its leaders continue to recognize the importance of truck safety rules that could save the lives of many. If you are injured in a truck accident due to the negligence of the truck driver or trucking company, contact the Miami Truck Accident Lawyers at Greenberg, Stone & Urbano. At Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, we bring over 130 years of combined professional experience to your case. Our firm with Florida roots understands the immense losses associated with any serious traffic accident and will fight for your full recovery. We have received an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and have been named a Top South Florida Law Firm by the Miami Herald. Call us today at (888) 499-9700 or (305) 595-2400 to schedule your free consultation, or you can contact us online.