Is Trucker Fatigue Still A Major Concern In Pennsylvania?

Truck driver hours of service regulations have been in place for decades. While they are currently undergoing some permanent changes, you should also be aware that these regulations have temporarily been suspended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Commercial truck drivers currently have a greater possibility of causing accidents due to increased fatigue. Passenger vehicles can sustain serious damage on the roadway in the event of a collision from a commercial truck.

Regular hours of service regulations

Due to current events, hours of service laws have been suspended nationally in order to ensure that vital resources are available in the COVID-19 pandemic. However, other drivers are at a greater risk of sustaining injuries in accidents from the lifting of these laws.

From laws in place since 1938, hours of service regulation are defined by what the truck driver is transporting and its destination. Regulations for truck drivers were intended to prevent endangering other drivers from fatigued truck drivers. These laws would include:

  • An off-duty time of 10 hours before a new driving day
  • A maximum of 14 hours total and 11 driving hours of driving each day for drivers
  • A 30-minute break after eight hours of being on duty

Pennsylvania statistics for truck accidents

Within the United States, an agency known as the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) monitors commercial drivers and commercial trucks. With the data provided by the FMCSA and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, it is apparent that incidents involving truck driver fatigue have a significant impact on the citizens of the Commonwealth. With the available latest reporting year of data, we can see that there were 7,336 semi-truck accidents that resulted in 274 fatal crashes and thousands of injuries.

The loved ones of those in a fatal truck incident have a right to compensation for their losses. However, for those who are injured and survive a Philadelphia truck accident are often left suffering from various injuries, including:

Several of these injuries can have victims in extensive medical care and create costly medical bills. This includes not only medical expenses, but vehicle repair and modifications, rehabilitation costs, lost income, and more are also involved as expenses in these situations. In certain cases, victims of the incident sustain immense emotional and physical pain and suffering from the inability to work or participate in the same activities after the accident.

Let us work your case

If you or a loved one have been injured in a Philadelphia truck accident due to the negligent action of a commercial truck driver, let the Dan Doyle Law Group help you today. Our team will work on your behalf and completely investigate the incident in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to, such as the following:

  • Coverage of medical expenses related to the incident
  • Recovery of lost income from being unable to work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of personal enjoyment damages
  • Possible punitive damages against the negligent company or driver

When you need a Philadelphia truck accident lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling 215-987-3730.