The bottom-line priorities of truckers and trucking companies often clash with public safety. All you have to do is ask them.
The American Transportation Research Institute, the research arm of the largest trucking lobby in the United States, each year conducts a survey to document the trucking industry’s top business concerns. This year’s survey results, which include responses from more than 3,000 trucking companies and truck drivers, reveals what’s truly important – and what’s not – to the trucking industry.
In general, the trucking industry’s main worry is government regulations; those designed to protect the public from fatal trucking accidents.
Tracking Truckers’ Driving Hours
The industry’s number one concern is the new mandate that requires all truckers by next year to use electronic devices to record their driving hours. Currently, most truckers use paper books, which are easily manipulated. These logs are kept to ensure that truckers don’t spend so much time on the road that they become dangerously fatigued behind the wheel. The ELD mandate is designed to prevent truckers from cooking their log books.
The trucking industry’s next top business concern is the federal government’s Hours-of-Service rules. Like the ELD mandate, these rules are designed to keep tired truck drivers off the road. They limit the number of hours truckers can drive each day and week, while also mandating rest periods.
Rules to Keep Fatigued Truckers from Driving
The HOS rules specify:
- Truckers can only drive 60 hours over seven days or 70 hours over eight days
- Truckers must take a 34-hour break between each six or seven-day driving period
- Truckers can drive no more than 11 hours consecutively – but only after 10 hours of consecutive off duty time
- Truckers can drive up to eight hours consecutively only after a rest period of at least 30 minutes
So the top two business concerns of truckers and trucking companies are rules focused on keeping the public safe. The rules also mean truckers’ trips may take more time, which can dent the income of truck drivers and their employers.
Considering this conflict, if you suffered a serious injury or lost a loved one in an accident involving an 18-wheeler, the trucking company may not be cooperative. An experienced trucking accident attorney will conduct a thorough investigation to obtain the just compensation that you are due.
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