The key role played by U.S. truckers in the COVID-19 pandemic emergency has been evident to everyone. They are on the front line in America’s supply chain transporting medical supplies, food, and household goods across our country.
On May 14, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a final rule which updated the hours of service (HOS) rules for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers. FMCSA said the new HOS rules will be implemented 120 days after publication in the Federal Register.
FMCSA says the changes will not increase driving time and will continue to prevent CMV operators from driving for more than eight consecutive hours without at least a 30-minute break.
The most recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) large truck accident statistics were released in January 2019 for the year 2017.
NHTSA reported that from 2016 to 2017:
- The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased 10 percent from 4,251 to 4,657, and the large truck involvement rate (large trucks involved in fatal crashes per 100 million miles traveled by large trucks) increased 6 percent, from 1.48 to 1.56.
- The number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 5 percent, from 102,000 to 107,000.
- The number of large trucks involved in property damage only crashes increased by 3 percent, from 351,000 to 363,000.
Roughly 87 percent of the critical reasons for large truck accidents involve the driver’s non-performance, recognition, decisions, or performance. Non-performance involved falling asleep, medical condition, or other physical impairments. Recognition and decisions involved distracted driving, speeding, following too closely, and other driver errors. Performance reasons included poor directional control, driver panic, and overcompensating, according to NHTSA
“If you or a loved one is injured in an accident, please contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. after seeking medical attention. We are available to assist you 24/7, and there are no costs or attorney fees until we have made a monetary recovery for you,” said Fort Myers Truck Accident Attorney Randall Spivey.
Fort Myers Truck Accident Attorney Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by just one percent (1%) of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 2,000 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239.337.7483 or toll-free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County at 239.793.7748.