- Reducing the number of driving hours
- Increasing the number of hours of rest required to restart a driver’s on-duty time
- Establishing a rule of at least one rest break for every shift
In its opposition, the ATA cites data showing that motor vehicle accident fatalities involving semi-trucks were down 33 percent in 2009 compared to those reported in 2003, the year before the current rules took effect. The ATA also notes that property-damage-only crash rates involving tractor-trailers are the lowest they’ve been in over 30 years. The ATA also states that advancements in diesel exhaust reduction, power steering, automatic transmissions and improved suspensions on trucks are aiding in driver health and safety.
Furthermore, the ATA reasons that if driver on-duty hours are reduced, companies will have to hire additional, possibly inexperienced drivers to move the same amount of cargo, thus forcing freight companies to incur additional expenses that’ll be passed along to the consumer. They also fear that inexperienced drivers – with an accident rate more than three times that of veteran drivers – pose a huge risk to the public.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident involving a semi-truck, contact an experienced personal injury attorney in your area. An experienced lawyer can help you navigate the complex rules and regulations that govern the transportation industry.