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Truck Accident Prevention Update: Changes to Driver Hours Coming

  • 13
  • June
    2011

Truck accidents often result from the deadly combination of driver fatigue and tens of thousands of pounds of cargo moving at highway speeds. Because truck drivers, other motorists and passengers are extremely vulnerable to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and broken bones when involved in collisions with semis, federal laws closely regulate the working hours of interstate truckers.

Reforming New York No-Fault Law

  • 07
  • September
    2010

This year, the New York legislature passed a bill that increased the property damage threshold for accident surcharges. Automobile insurance companies may not assess a surcharge on premiums unless the damage to property in an accident exceeds $2,000. According to Professional Insurance Agents (PIA), the most recent increase to the threshold was in 1991, when the bar was raised from $600 to $1000.

Since even a minor fender-bender can result in over $1,000 in damage, nearly all car accidents could result in surcharges before the recent change. Moreover, New York drivers arguably bear the burdens of the state's no-fault insurance system, at least indirectly. The American Insurance Association (AIA) claimed in a recent news release that no-fault claim costs in the state have increased by 58 percent since 2004, and no-fault fraud and abuse in New York is costing insurers and drivers more than $200 million per year. Soaring costs have both insurers and drivers calling on the legislature for reform.

FMCSA Listening Sessions Wrap Up

  • 21
  • April
    2010

In a series of five listening sessions that began in Washington, D.C., and finished at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky., representatives from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration were recently given the chance to hear firsthand feedback from truckers on the state of the hours-of-service rules that control how long interstate truckers can drive per day, and on how much rest.

Hours-of-Service Revisions on the Way?

  • 05
  • April
    2010

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the federal agency responsible for regulating the trucking industry. Over the years, the FMCSA has enacted a wide range of measures to ensure the safety of truckers and others on the roadway. Among these are the hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, which set forth the maximum drive times and minimum rest periods for interstate truckers. 

The hours-of-service rules are intended to reduce the fatigue of truckers on the highway. Although relatively straightforward, the rules can be complex for those new to them. For example, under the current HOS rules semi operators may not drive their trucks after 60 hours on duty in seven consecutive days (or 70 hours on duty eight consecutive days).  The numbers reset after a 34 hour rest period, during which the trucker must be completely off-duty.