Truck Driver Fatigue Rises Despite Law Change
A new industry report states that 66% of truck drivers have noticed an increase in their fatigued while on the road. The new law that took place July 1st of this year decreased the pay for more than half of the drivers surveyed resulting in an average loss of of wages of $1.6 billion to $3.9 billion.
The results of the survey is part of the latest struggle over total number of hours-of-service rules among safety advocates. The total truck driver personal injury law also outlines changes in hour. Hours went from 82 hours to 70 and requires a 30 minute break during the first 8 hours of driving. The new law also states changes in the number hours of rest Chicago truck drivers are required to take. Limiting truck driving time to 11 hours from 14.
Rule changes were put into effect to reduce Chicago truck driving fatigue and related fatigue personal injury accidents on the open roads according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Hopefully this leads to an increase in truck driver safety and reduces the need for truck driver personal injury attorney services, although the need for truck driver injury lawyers will sadly always exist.
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