The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration last month released its revised work hour rules for truck drivers. The rule comes as a disappointment for New York trucking accident attorneys.
Thirty passengers on a tour bus narrowly escaped injuries when their bus tipped over near Whitney Point, New York last month. The accident coincides with the National Transportation Safety Board's new recommendations for programs to prevent rollover accidents involving commercial trucks and buses.
A bill that has been strongly opposed by New York truck accident attorneys has made its way back to Congress. The bill HR 763 also known as the Safe and Efficient TransportationAct, will allow states to increase the truck weight limits on federal interstates.
The year 2010 saw encouraging efforts by federal agencies to prevent truck accidents due to distracted driving. It began with a proposal by the US DOT banning texting while driving for commercial motor vehicle drivers, including truck and bus drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration ended the year by announcing a proposal to ban all handheld cell phone use for truck and bus drivers while at the wheel.
If a new proposal that has been made by the Federal MotorCarrier Safety Administration and supported by New York truck accident attorneys, is approved, truckers in thestate of New York and elsewhere around the country will have a 10-hour limit on the number of hours that they can drive consecutively in a day.
As New York truck accident attorneys, we are very concerned about a recent decision by the Department Of Transportation to shut down several truck stops across the state.
An analysis by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has determined that speeding was the number one factor in truck accidents last year. The analysis is part of the Federal MotorCarrier Safety Administration's efforts to understand the reasons for thedecline in fatal truck accidents last year. In 2009, there was a significant decline of 20.4% in the number of truck accident fatalities in the US. There was also a similar decline in the number of fatal truck accidents last year.
The truck driver, who admitted that he was tired and distracted watching porn on his laptop computer during a fatal crash in NewYork last year, hasbeen sentenced to between 3 to 9 years in prison. Thomas Wallace admitted that he wasdistracted when he crashed his vehicle into a disabled car. In the car, was a 33-year-old mother, who hadstopped her vehicle after hitting a deer. The truck slammed into the disabled car, killing the woman instantly.
A new report on transportation in New York dispels some long-held myths, and provides an interesting look at the how's and why's of pedestrian accidents. According to the report:
A new bill introduced in the U.S. Senate would allow states to increase weight limits on tractor-trailers plying interstate highways. The bill S3705, also called the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act, would allow states to increase the gross vehicle weight limit on 18 wheelers on the Interstate Highway System, to 97,000 pounds from the current 80,000 pounds. The bill would also require that trucks carrying more than 80,000 pounds be equipped with an additional sixth axle in order to compensate for the additional weight and to prevent an increase in stopping distance.