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Trucking Hours Of Service Suspended – Could This Lead To Crashes?

Date: May 27th, 2020 By SMT Legal
Categories: Truck Accident

Commercial trucks on the roadway can create disastrous injuries in the event they collide with passenger vehicles. Due to the recent suspension of service hour regulations, truck drivers now have a greater chance of causing these accidents because of fatigue. If you or a loved one have been injured due to the actions of a truck driver or trucking company, let the SMT Legal help you today. Our experienced and qualified Pittsburgh truck accident attorneys understand what it takes to secure the maximum compensation for your claim. Let us get to work investigating your case today.

What are the regular hours of service regulations?

Due to laws put in place in 1938, hours of service regulations are determined by what the driver is transporting, either property or passengers and where they are transporting. Hours of service regulations for truck drivers were intended to eliminate fatigued truck drivers on the highways, preventing them from endangering other drivers. These regulations would include:

  • An initial 10 hours of off-duty
  • Drivers have a maximum of 14 hours, but 11 hours of driving each day
  • Drivers are required to have a 30-minute break at the eighth hour of being on duty

Due to current events, these hours of service laws are lifted on a national level to ensure that important resources remain available during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, lifting these laws would cause truck drivers to operate while fatigued, in turn placing other drivers at a greater risk of sustaining injuries in accidents.

Truck accident statistics for Pennsylvania

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) is an agency that monitors large commercial trucks and commercial truck drivers in the United States. With the data provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, it can be seen that truck accidents have a large impact on the citizens of the commonwealth. Within the latest reporting year of data available, there were:

  • 81,112 semi-truck accidents (274 fatal crashes)
  • 7,910 other heavy truck crashes (21 fatal crashes)

The loved ones of those killed in truck accidents are entitled to compensation for what happened. However, for those who survive and received injuries from a Pittsburgh truck accident are commonly left handling several injuries, including the following:

Call us for help today

If the negligence of a trucking company or truck driver has caused injuries to you or somebody you care about in a Pittsburgh accident, let the SMT Legal assist you today. We will thoroughly investigate the incident in order to secure any compensation you are entitled to. This could include:

  • Coverage of crash-related medical expenses
  • Recovery of lost wages from an inability to work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the company or negligent driver

When you need a Pittsburgh truck accident attorney, you can contact us by clicking here for a free consultation or by calling 412-765-3345.

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