A truck driver who had not slept in 24 hours caused an accident that killed one passenger and critically injured actor Tracy Morgan on June 7th. This accident came days after the Senate Appropriations Committee voted to suspend current regulations limiting how many hours truck drivers can spend on the road during any one week.
Rules put in place in April of 2013 limited truckers to 60 hours of drive time in any seven week period or 70 hours in eight. Following these hours on the road, a mandatory rest including two complete overnights was required. These new rules were intended to reduce the frequency of truck accidents caused by sleep truckers. However, even if they hadn’t been suspended, they may not have been enough to prevent the accident involving Mr. Morgan.
Federal regulations allow for 11 hours of consecutive drive time before rest is taken. The driver in the in the June 7th crash had been on the road for just under 10 hours, placing him well within the law. This may raise interesting questions regarding how many consecutive hours are safe, but those questions do not help victims of truck accidents get justice.
Theoretical questions don’t get victims justice, experienced accident lawyers do. If you have been the victim of a truck accident, please contact Harvey L. Walner & Associates today to schedule a free consultation with our dedicated Illinois personal injury attorney.