Federal regulations that will impact safety regarding the regulation of the maximum hours a truck driver may drive went into effect July 1, 2013. The U.S. Department of Transportation indicated the new regulations would improve public safety by reducing driver fatigue.

The new regulations reduce the truck drivers’ work week from 80 to 72 hours. However, if they rest for 34 hours, including two nights they may resume work. The new regulations require 30-minute mandatory breaks during the first 8 hours of any shift. The existing rule involving a maximum work day of 14 hours with driving not to exceed 11 hours remains in effect.

The intent of these new regulations is to minimize driver fatigue, which is a leading cause of truck accidents causing an untold number of accident injury claims throughout the country. Federal officials predict these new regulations will prevent 560 injuries per year from truck accidents.

Given the significant truck traffic traversing Arizona’s portion of the federal interstate highway system, these changes should make Arizona drivers more secure and reduce catastrophic injuries and wrongful death throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.

A main focus of Hirsch & Lyon Accident Law is the handling of accidents involving trucks. Major truck routes crossing Arizona such as I-8, I-10, and I-17 result in serious injuries and in some instances wrongful death. Contact us if you or a loved one has been involved in this type of accident.