Despite the fact that truck accidents and fatalities have been on the rise during the last several years, trucking industry groups have been lobbying Congress seeking federal regulation changes that will undoubtedly make our roads and highways less safe.
Truck accidents often result from inexperienced drivers making poor driving decisions. Truck driver fatigue is another significant problem which causes truck accidents and injuries.
From 2009 to 2013, fatalities resulting from truck accidents increased by 17 percent.
Given the danger presented by inexperienced and fatigued truck drivers and the increasing rate of fatal accidents, you would hope the trucking industry would be in favor of more stringent safety regulations but, sadly, the opposite is true.
Recently the trucking industry has told Congress that it wants to allow truck drivers to drive 82 hour weeks instead of the current 70 hour week and they want to eliminate the required two day rest period. They are also lobbying to decrease the minimum interstate truck driving age from 21 to 18.
The reason for these changes appears to be a desire to decrease costs and increase trucking company profits.
As a Truck Accident Attorney, I’m opposed to these changes because they will make our roads more dangerous and increase truck accident injuries and fatalities. If you agree, be sure to voice your opposition to you local Congress member.
Tim Rayne is a Pennsylvania Truck Accident and Personal Injury Lawyer with law offices in Kennett Square and West Chester Pennsylvania. For over 20 years, Tim has been helping victims of truck accidents recieve fair treatment from insurance companies. Contact Tim for a Free Evaluation of your Truck Accident or Personal Injury case at 6108400124 or [email protected]