Some seek to roll back trucking regulations regarding rest breaks
Get Your Free Case Review

Some seek to roll back trucking regulations regarding rest breaks

by | Jun 6, 2014 | Commercial Vehicle Accidents

All motor vehicle accidents have the potential to result in devastating injuries. The odds of that happening increase greatly when trucks are involved. This is due to a variety of reasons including the difference in size between most cars and tractor trailers.

The trucking industry plays an important role in the transportation of goods, not only in the state of Wisconsin, but throughout the nation. To try to keep the industry as safe as possible for not only the truck drivers but all who are on the road, it is heavily regulated by the federal government. These regulations include limits for how many hours a truck driver can be on the road.

In July of last year each truck driver’s workweek was limited to 70 hours. Upon reaching that number of work hours each driver is required to take 34 hours off before driving again. Prior to this change each driver could go for 82 hours before an extended break was required. Unsurprisingly, the industry was not pleased with the change. It is currently taking steps to have that rule suspended.

In support of this suspension the industry alleges that the regulation had unintended results that actually make things worse for all drivers on the road. For example, it asserts that the rest rules make it more likely that trucks will be on the roads during the day, contributing to congestion on the roads. It also claims that drivers miss out on hours of paid work because of having to wait for the rest period to run.

The amendment that would suspend the regulation is under consideration by the Senate Appropriations Committee and is expected to be voted on this week. Regardless of the outcome, should someone be injured or killed in an accident involving a truck, it may be possible to obtain monetary compensation via a lawsuit. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer is generally the best place to start.

Source: The Insurance Journal, “Some Trucking Firms Want Congress to Ease Safety Limit on Truckers’ Hours,” Jeff Plungis, June 5, 2014

– Why Hire Nicolet Law? –

Get An Experienced Lawyer On Your Case

We’ve helped thousands of clients with a wide range of legal needs. Let us put the skills and experience we’ve gained along the way to work for you!

Get Our App!

Get our convenient, secure app to
send us legal documents and pay your bill. Available on the App Store and Google Play.

Download the Nicolet Law Office app from the App Store to conveniently send documents and issue payments to our attorneys.
Nicolet Law clients can conveniently send legal documents and issue payments through our secure app. Get it on Google Play.

More Than

Million Recovered for our clients

Over

Clients Helped

More Than

Years In business

Over

Years of Combined Experience

What Our Clients Say About Us

powered by BirdEye

Awards & Recognition

Our peers and independent third-party organizations have recognized the hard work and dedication we put into every case. This has led to numerous awards and accolades.

From Our Blog

Halloween Safety Tips

There is no doubt that Halloween is going to look a little different this year. Typically enjoyed by people of all ages...

Step-by-Step Guide for Filing a Personal Injury Claim

Imagine that you are driving to the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon when another car suddenly strikes the left side of...

Lost Wages Assistance and Disability Benefits

The coronavirus and resulting economic crisis have left millions of Americans in financial distress, and individuals with...

Stranger Than Fiction: Only in Wisconsin

In 2016, the Wisconsin Supreme Court barred a woman from suing a state employee whose negligence resulted in bodily injury...