Driver Fatigue Leads to Truck Accidents in Ohio

New Regulations Aim to Keep Roads Safer

Semi-trucks are a constant on Ohio highways.

Unfortunately, so are big truck accidents. Drivers are often under incredible pressure to deliver freight on time. That means pushing the limits as to how much time they spend on the road and how little time they spend resting. This leads to 80,000lb trucks barreling across cities like Cincinnati with exhausted drivers behind the wheel. Fatigue can have a devastating effect on a driver's judgment. It can slow their reaction time and dull their vision, making them much more susceptible to accidents. These accidents, which usually involve smaller passenger cars, often lead to serious injury - even death. Regulations have long been in place to prevent tired truck drivers from being on the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established rules that are applied in Ohio and across the US including limiting drive time to 11 hours a day. But the FMCSA felt drivers were constantly driving the maximum amount of hours each day, every day, resulting in sleep-deprived conditions and many more truck accidents. To combat these accidents new regulations have been put into place that will reduce the maximum weekly driving hours from 80 to 72. The new rules would also require at least one period of 34 hours a week of consecutive non-driving. An added provision would include that in those 34 hours the driver must rest between 1:00am to 5:00am on two successive days.

Challenges to New Truck Accident Prevention Regulations

Not everyone is pleased by the new regulations. The American Trucking Association (ATA) has filed a petition against the FMCSA's new laws. They claim that cost of compliance would be too high, and there's not enough evidence to prove that these new regulations would even prevent trucking accidents. The Department of Transportation, however, cites driver fatigue as one of the reasons that deaths resulting from big truck accidents rose 9% in 2010. The ATA intend to continue to challenge the new regulations that will go into effect in July 2013 in hopes of keeping roads safer in Ohio and across America.

Cincinnati Truck Accident Lawyer

If you've been hurt in a Cincinnati semi-truck accident, contact the Rothchild Law Office today. Attorney Barry Rothchild will protect your rights and fight to get you the money you deserve.

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