On July 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) put into effect new hours-of-service rules for truck drivers. While the new rules are designed to keep truckers and those with whom they share the road with safe, but accidents due to truck driver fatigue continue to occur in New York City and the surrounding areas.
If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident in New York City, Dansker & Aspromonte can launch a full investigation into the cause of the motor vehicle accidents. The trucker may have been driving over the allowed hours of service, placing motorists in harm’s way. For help with an accident claim involving truck driver fatigue, contact a truck accident attorney online or call us at 212-732-2929. Initial consultations are always free!
FMCSA’s New Hours-of-Service Rule:
According to information taken from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s website, the new hours-of-service final rule:
- Limits the maximum average work week for truck drivers to 70 hours, a decrease from 82 hours
- Allows truck drivers who reach the maximum 70 hours of driving within a week to resume if they rest for 34 consecutive hours, including at least two nights when they sleep from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.
- Requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift
The rule regarding an 11-hour daily driving limit and 14-hour work day remains the same.
Truckers are under constant demand to carry loads to and from destinations. In some instances, they may take drugs to stay awake, fall asleep at the wheel, or otherwise drive in an erratic and unsafe manner in order to get their routes done on time. They may falsify logbooks to make it look like they are following the hours-of-service rules, when in actuality, they are driving over the allowed limits.
Dansker & Aspromonte is one of the top personal injury law firms in the New York City area. Over the past 35 years, our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. If you have sustained a serious personal injury — such as a brain injury or spinal cord injury — or if you have lost a loved one and need assistance with a wrongful death claim, you can turn to our law firm with confidence. We can launch a full investigation into the truck accident and seek fair compensation for your losses.
NYC Truck Driver Fatigue Lawyers
Tired truckers can cause serious truck accidents, which often results in serious injuries and fatalities. If you or someone close to you has been injured due to the negligence of a trucker or trucking company, our attorneys are here to help. Contact us today online or by telephone at 212-732-2929. We serve Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the NYC Metro Area.