Toll Free 866-606-7862
Peoria 309-740-9092
Springfield 217-340-0036
Bloomington 309-226-4427
Decatur 217-877-6602
Strong Law Offices

Trade group asks FMCSA to revise hours of service rules

Accidents caused by fatigued tractor-trailer drivers can cause catastrophic injuries, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration tries to reduce the number of these crashes by strictly enforcing hours of service regulations. These rules set limits on how long truck drivers can spend behind the wheel before taking a break, but industry groups such as the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association say that they may be placing road users in Illinois and around the country in danger.

The OOIDA is particularly concerned about the rule that restricts the shifts worked by truck drivers to 14 hours. While the trade group does not object to the 14-hour limit, they have petitioned the FMCSA to allow drivers to stop the clock periodically for up to three hours. Doing this would permit drivers to work the same 14 hours over a longer period of time, and the OOIDA says that it would allow them to take rests when they are tired and pull over when road conditions become treacherous due to weather.

The current hours of service regulations were put into place in 2013, and they are unnecessarily complex and inflexible according to groups like the OOIDA. Not allowing truck drivers to pause their 14-hour clocks to take much-needed breaks puts all road users in jeopardy according to these critics. They say that the current rule encourages truck drivers to travel as far as possible before reaching their time limits, which could lead them to remain behind the wheel despite being dangerously fatigued.

While police often have few clues to suggest that a passenger vehicle driver fell asleep before crashing, truck accident investigators can check hours of service logs and tractor-trailer data recorders. Experienced personal injury attorneys may also use this evidence to establish negligence in lawsuits filed on behalf of accident victims, and they may initiate litigation against both truck drivers and their employers when lives were placed at risk because safety regulations were violated.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact Strong Law

Contact our lawyers at 866-606-7862 to schedule a free initial consultation in our Peoria, Bloomington, Springfield or Decatur offices. We are also available to meet at your home or at the hospital by request.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Ready to Help, Dedicated to Your Recovery

We stand ready to help you find the resources you need to recover so that you can live your life to the fullest.

PEORIA
3100 North Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603

Toll Free: 866-606-7862
Phone: 309-740-9092
Peoria Law Office Map

BLOOMINGTON
211 North Veterans Parkway
Bloomington, IL 61704

Phone: 309-226-4427
Bloomington Law Office Map

Decatur
2882 North Dinneen
Decatur, IL 62526

Phone: 217-877-6602
Map & Directions

SPRINGFIELD
913 South Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62702

Phone: 217-340-0036
Springfield Law Office Map

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, part of Thomson Reuters.