Federal Hours of Service Trucking Regulations Eased Among COVID-19 Concerns
We are truly living in unprecedented times. Everyone is making changes to live in the new reality created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Our West Hartford, CT truck accident attorneys explain.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Suspends Hours-Of-Service Law on National Level
In an effort to get much needed emergency relief supplies out to the public, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is temporarily suspending the hours of service laws, which mandate how many hours a truck driver may work. This allows truck drivers to move goods “in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks.“
Given the current state of the world, this appears to be a good-intentioned suspension of a rule designed to protect the general public from tired and overworked truck drivers.
Under the rules, a truck driver is only permitted to drive 11 hours within a 14 hour work period. They must then take a break of 10 hours of “off duty time.”
Despite this, it does not change the fact that tired drivers will be operating on our roadways for the foreseeable future.
Contact our Connecticut Trucking Accident Lawyers for Assistance
While most people are hopefully staying at home and self-isolating during this crisis, motorists are still out driving and utilizing the nation’s roads and highways. We always advise people to drive cautiously, especially in the vicinity of a large truck, but the simple fact is that this rule change may make it more dangerous for motorists than ever.
If you are injured in a tractor-trailer accident, it is crucial that you retain an attorney who is knowledgeable and experienced in handling these types of cases. The trucking industry is highly regulated and companies oftentimes try and find ways around the rules meant to protect motorists. At Stanger Law, we have unique experience handling these types of cases because our attorneys have actually worked for the trucking companies.
We know how these companies investigate, defend, and value these cases.
We urge everyone to stay safe during these uncertain times. However, if you are forced to travel and are injured by a tractor-trailer or commercial truck, call us at (860) 561-0651 or submit an online form today.
Our experience helps injured motorists maximize the value of their case.