New Rule Creates Safer Highways by Changing Work Hours for Truckers by briskmanlaw

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New Rule Creates Safer Highways by Changing
Work Hours for Truckers
Big rigs will make a big move for highway safety now that a new federal rule is in place to revise the
amount of time truck drivers can spend on the road.
The new hours-of-service (HOS) rule is aimed at preventing highway accidents by reducing work
fatigue among commercial truck drivers. The rule ought to save lives by changing the work
environment into one where commercial drivers are more rested and alert, according to a release from
the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The HOS final rule cuts the total number of hours that a commercial truck driver is allowed to work in
a seven-day period by 12 hours ¨C from 82 to 70 hours. Drivers who maximize this 70-hour workweek
must include at least two nights of rest during the 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. period when the body’s internal clock
needs sleep the most, according to the release.
Once during a seven-day workweek, a driver may exercise a 34-hour restart provision. That means if a
driver takes a 34-hour break, then he or she can restart the clock on the seven-day workweek.
The rule goes on to dictate that all drivers must take at least a half-hour break for every eight hours of
driving time. That break can happen at any time during the eight-hour shift. Professional truck drivers
are allowed to continue with the existing 11-hour workday limit that has been the industry maximum
under the previous rule.
Heavy fines will be imposed on violators. Trucking companies caught allowing drivers to break the 11-
hour-per-day driving limit by more than three hours will be fined $11,000 per offense. Drivers that
break this rule can face penalties of as much as $2,750 per offense. The new rule goes into effect July
1, 2013. The DOT expects the new rule will cut down on the number of injuries from truck-related
accidents especially in the middle of the night.
A recent highway crash on I-57 in Illinois highlights the dangers created when professional drivers
work through the night. At 4:06 a.m., a commercial driver hauling a trailer full of produce rolled the
truck over, blocking the Interstate and forcing officials to close the road for four hours during clean up.
No one was seriously injured in the wreck and icy conditions played a role in the crash, but the DOT
showed its concern about commercial drivers working at that hour with the new rule.
Truck accidents like the one on an icy I-57 at 4:06 in the morning often severely injure or kill the
commercial driver operating the truck or other drivers on the road. Professional drivers or other victims
of highway truck accidents have a right to be compensated for injuries caused by the negligence of


When you need a Chicago personal injury attorney, Chicago wrongful death lawyer, Chicago medical
malpractice lawyer, or Chicago accident attorney, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com.

This article is provided as general information and is not legal advice nor does the publishing of this literature constitute an
attorney client relationship.
                                                                                            Briskman Briskman & Greenberg
                                                                                            351 West Hubbard Street, Ste 810
                                                                                                          Chicago, IL 60654
                                                                                                        Phone: 312.222.0010
                                                                                                  Toll Free: 1.877.595.4878

another driver.
In addition to medical bills, accident victims have a right to pursue compensation for pain and suffering
and lost wages that are a direct result of the accident.
Robert Briskman is a Chicago truck accident lawyer and Chicago truck accident attorney with
Briskman Briskman & Greenberg. To learn more call 1.877.595.4878 or visit
http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com/.




When you need a Chicago personal injury attorney, Chicago wrongful death lawyer, Chicago medical
malpractice lawyer, or Chicago accident attorney, visit http://www.briskmanandbriskman.com.

This article is provided as general information and is not legal advice nor does the publishing of this literature constitute an
attorney client relationship.

								
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