National Laws Help Reduce Number of Las Vegas Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents are often more devastating than passenger vehicle accidents, whether in Las Vegas, Nevada or any other state in the nation. The consequences of Las Vegas trucking accidents are devastating for drivers, passengers, and others on the road involved in the crash. The consequences of trucking accidents are even more severe when the crash involves a smaller passenger vehicle. These types of accidents can cause severe injuries and permanent disabilities for the victims involved in the crash. As a result of the high risk to those involved in Las Vegas trucking accidents, federal laws have been passed over the years in the government’s effort to minimize trucking accidents.

Drowsy Truck Drivers

Drowsy truck drivers who get behind the wheel pose a major threat to Las Vegas drivers and passengers on the road. Unfortunately, truck driver fatigue is all too common. Every year, hundreds of trucking accidents occur when a tired truck driver falls asleep behind the wheel. The reason for this dangerous trend is the industry, which often encourages dangerous practices. This may include incentives such as bonuses or job security for truck drivers who make extra deliveries or who cut time off of scheduled deliveries. Notably, each commercial truck driver is required by law to keep a driving log that tracks how many stops are made. The log also must include a GPS record. When a Las Vegas trucking accident happens, trucking companies - which can be held liable for damages - may try to conceal this information from accident victims.

Federal Trucking Safety Laws

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has the authority to create rules and regulations governing the trucking industry. One of the focuses of the FMCSA is the issue of drowsy truck drivers getting behind the wheel and increasing the risk of serious or fatal trucking accidents. For this reason, the FMCSA has created limitations on the hours of service a truck driver may be driving without a break or a rest. The FMCSA mandates break periods between shifts and even during shifts.

While the most significant focus of the hours of service regulations imposed by the FMCSA are large semi-trucks, the regulation governs all commercial motor vehicles. One example of the FMCSA’s  service hours limitations include a truck driver who is transporting property and goods being allowed to drive up to 11 hours at a time, but not without first having 10 hours off duty. Likewise, a truck driver who is transporting passengers is permitted to drive up to 10 hours, but only after spending eight hours off the clock. The commercial motor vehicles that are subject to the FMCSA rules include those that weigh 10,001 pounds or more, carry 16 or more passengers, or are used to transport nine or more passengers for compensation. Of note, any vehicle that is carrying and/or transporting hazardous materials in an amount that requires a placard regarding the hazardous waste is automatically classified as a commercial motor vehicle.

Trucking Accident Help in Las Vegas

If you or someone you know has been hurt in a Las Vegas trucking accident, contact the personal injury lawyers at Parry & Pfau today. By working with the skilled Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau, we can help collect evidence that establishes the trucking company and or truck driver were responsible for your injuries.

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