Trucking Safety Measures Suspended During Pandemic and the Impact on Our Roadways

In an effort to get much-needed emergency relief supplies out to the public during March of this year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) temporarily suspended the hours of service laws, which mandate how many hours a truck driver may work. This allows truck drivers to move goods in support of emergency relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks.  The original hours of service laws were put in place as safety rules designed to protect the general public from tired and overworked truck drivers.  Under the rules, a truck driver is only permitted to drive 11 hours within a 14 hour work period. They must then take a break of 10 hours of “off duty time.”

Many commercial truck drivers are generally among the best-trained drivers on the road, and during this pandemic, they have been the unsung heroes getting essential goods and materials to retailers and hospitals.  However, the combination of working long hours and with the push for faster deliveries have presented extra challenges on our roadways. Some of these factors are the reasons why commercial truck accidents are far too common during normal times and increase the likely hood more so during this pandemic.

If you were involved in an accident with a commercial motor vehicle or tractor-trailer, the team at Williams DeLoatche, P.C. can help.  We have a unique perspective when handling trucking cases on behalf of injured motorists. We have a thorough knowledge of how trucking companies investigate, value, and defend these cases.

Allow us to put our knowledge to use for you and help get the results that your case deserves.  Call us for a free consultation today at (757) 547-5555, or contact us online. Our personal injury lawyers are available for our clients 24/7.

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