Many truck drivers in North Carolina are under pressure to beat the clock as they have only a limited amount of time to be on the road by law. Many experts believe that truckers who are in a hurry are at an increased risk for causing fatal accidents.
A federal law requires truckers to take a break after eight hours of time on the road during their shifts. Drivers must limit their driving to 11 hours in a 14-hour period with a 30-minute break after eight hours. Many drivers try to compensate by driving at fast speeds to make up for the time crunch. In recent years, car crash fatalities have been decreasing while fatal truck accidents have been on the rise.
Federal regulators are considering modifications to the hours-of-service rules after complaints by many truckers that the lack of flexibility affects their ability to drive safely. The rest break rule has received a number of comments.
Speeding remains the primary cause of fatal truck accidents in the United States. Some experts attribute the rise in fatal crashes to bad habits such as texting while driving. Advanced safety technology such as driver monitoring and emergency braking could soon reduce the number of trucking accidents.
Individuals who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents may benefit from speaking to an experienced personal injury attorney. Truck accidents are likely to cause serious injuries due to the weight of a truck compared to a passenger vehicle and the likelihood that these accidents occur at high speeds. A lawyer may be able to obtain information about the at-fault driver's driving record and hours-of-service data if the driver was in a commercial vehicle.
An attorney might also be able to help injured car accident victims find coverage for expenses incurred as a result of their accident. Commercial vehicles must be covered by their company's insurance policy even if the driver violated company safety rules.