AAJ Comments on Proposed Rule That Would Lead to Increase in Fatigue-Related Truck Accidents | The American Association For Justice
For Immediate Release: October 10, 2018

AAJ Comments on Proposed Rule That Would Lead to Increase in Fatigue-Related Truck Accidents

Contact:
Carly Moore Sfregola
Email:
Carly.Sfregola@justice.org
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202-684-9609

Washington, DC — The American Association for Justice (AAJ) submitted comments today on the Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) for hours-of-service (HOS) for drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Proposed changes to HOS rules that would increase driving time without a break would put the health and safety of CMV drivers at risk and leave the roads less safe for all drivers and passengers.

With the current HOS, driver fatigue is a significant cause in truck crashes. Proposals to increase driving time without a break would only increase the likelihood of driver fatigue,” said AAJ CEO Linda Lipsen. “We urge the agency to think of driver and US motorist safety when determining the amount of time drivers are on the road.”

 AAJ’s comments read, in part:

“The issue of truck driver fatigue made national news when comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured, and a fellow comedian was killed when an 18-wheeler truck crashed into their van on the New Jersey turnpike. The NTSB determined that the accident was caused by driver fatigue, the driver had been on-duty for 13 and half hours before the accident occurred. The safety of motorists and the trucking workforce should not be compromised by commercial trucking corporations’ attempts to force exhausting hours on CMV drivers.”

AAJ’s full comments are available here.

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