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FMCSA Releases New Truck Driver Regulations

Earlier today, HuffingtonPost.com released a news report which detailed the enactment of several new rules pertaining to commercial vehicle drivers. After completing numerous public listening sessions, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has decided to reduce the hours of service a large commercial vehicle driver is legally permitted to operate in a seven day work period from 82 hours to 70 hours. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys learned that the implementation of these new rules comes in light of numerous government agencies overall goal to ensure that truck drivers get enough rest in order to safely operate.

A Chicago truck accident lawyer at our firm read that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator released a statement which reveals that this final rule is the culmination of the most extensive and transparent public outreach effort in the agency’s history. It was additionally revealed that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration encompassed many resources, including input from the trucking community, as well as, the latest scientific research to create a rule which recognizes that when commercial vehicle drivers are adequately rested and alert, the safety of our roadways substantially increases.

Additional aspects of the rule require that semi truck drivers must take a break of at least 30 minutes after working eight hours straight. Drivers are also permitted to take 30 minute breaks anytime they need to during the first eight hours of driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s rule states that drivers can drive up to 11 hours per day, such as the previous rule permitted, although the agency will continue to thoroughly research the dangers of the 11 hour per day rule before a change will be implemented in that aspect. Drivers and trucking carriers found in violation of these new rules will be subjected to financial repercussions.

Each Chicago accident attorney at our firm commends the efforts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to help make our roadways substantially safer against devastating semi truck accidents. With fatigued semi truck driving plaguing our roadways and causing an estimated 755 fatalities, as well as, 19,700 injuries each year – according to the FMCSA – new rules and regulations must be enacted to help save lives on our nation’s roadways. If you or someone you know has been involved in any type of motor vehicle accident, please contact our Chicago trucking accident attorneys. Our attorneys will provide a free consultation to help determine what legal rights may be available to you.