Commercial truck drivers and bus drivers in Louisiana will want to ensure compliance with safety guidelines because the 2018 International Roadcheck will commence June 5. This inspection spree, which ends June 7, is an annual event conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance with the purpose of ensuring the safety of truckers and the other drivers they share the roads with.
In the ongoing efforts to regulate trucker service hours, the U.S. Department of Transportation has mandated the use of electronic logging devices. Under previous law, truckers were able to track the hours they had spent on the road with paper records. The shift to electronic logging is intended to simplify record keeping and enforcement. These rules are relevant to all Louisiana motorists as they are intended to prevent fatigued drivers from operating beyond what the hours of service regulations allow.
According to a recent filing with the U.S. Eight Circuit Court of Appeals, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, or OOIDA, is seeking that the court re-hear its challenge of a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulation related to sleep apnea screening for truck drivers. This regulation affects drivers across Louisiana as sleep apnea can lead to fatigued driving.
Accidents occur every day and can leave people with serious injuries. Thankfully, for those who were not at fault for their accident, it may be possible to win an accident claim to gain compensation for their injuries and suffering.
For many people involved in vehicle accidents in Louisiana, it isn't difficult to point to visible evidence of their bodily injury. It's not hard to miss broken bones, lacerations, and cracked teeth. But some of the most common injuries related to vehicle accidents don't leave any visible marks. Known as soft-tissue injuries, these often take the form of tears, sprains, and general muscle soreness.