The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance recently announced its upcoming Operation Safe Driver Week, which will happen in Louisiana and across the nation from July 15 to July 21. During the week, commercial trucks will undergo in-depth inspections, and participating law enforcement agencies will be watching for unsafe driving behaviors by both large trucks and passenger cars.
Considering that over 70 percent of the United State's cargo is moved by commercial vehicles, the trucking industry is important to Louisiana. However, the average trucker puts in as much as 70 work hours in eight days. This means that many commercial drivers could be dangerously drowsy while on the job.
Louisiana residents who sustain injuries in trucking accidents may be legally entitled to financial compensation. In order to obtain such compensation, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit in civil court. However, victims also have the option of reaching settlement agreements before or during the litigation process. These informal settlements can save both parties money and time.
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.
Some Louisianans are seriously injured or killed in accidents with large trucks every year. These accidents may be caused by a number of factors, including truck driver fatigue and medical conditions.
When Louisiana drivers get behind the wheel, they generally want to feel safe. From drunk motorists to distracted drivers, there are a number of hazards that can cause devastating accidents. The effects of a motor vehicle accident only escalate when a large truck or bus is involved.
When you are in a crash with a car or truck, it is a very confusing moment.
An existing sleep apnea screening policy for truckers will remain in place following the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's withdrawal of a proposed rule. Although the agency pursued work on the rule throughout 2016, officials now say that the current sleep apnea protocol is sufficient, which may leave motorists in Louisiana and other states across the country wanting to know more.