The Increasing Risk of New York Truck Accidents

by | August 30th, 2015

In the United States, we depend on commercial tractor-trailers to transport the goods we use on a daily basis; however, these vehicles can put our safety at serious risk. Despite these dangers, our nation’s lawmakers have recently moved to relax the truck driving rules and regulations that govern the trucking industry.

A study is currently being conducted to determine the safety of letting truck drivers work longer hours. The changes being considered would alter the current hours of operation laws from allowing truckers to only drive 70 hours during an eight-day period to allowing drivers to operate for 82 hours during the same amount of time. This would be accomplished by eliminating a policy that requires drivers to have a 48-hour rest period between workweeks.

An article from The New York Times says Congress is also considering changes to the law that would allow younger, inexperienced truck drivers to haul interstate loads, as well as permitting longer and heavier trucks to travel our highways.

Data shows a 17 percent increase in truck accident fatalities between the years of 2009 and 2013.

The harm a truck accident can cause to the parties involved is significant and our legal staff at William Mattar Law Offices believes having a New York truck accident lawyer by your side in the wake of an accident may prove to be beneficial. A legal representative can help protect each of your legal rights, allowing you to focus on healing and recovering.