Trucking Regulations (and drivers) Too Relaxed

On a daily basis, more and more commercial semi-trucks drive on our already overcrowded highway. Hopefully, if you are traveling on the highways near an 18-wheeler, the driver of the truck is following old federal regulations, and not the new ones.

Recently, the Bush Administration through the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, rejected proposals to tighten laws regulating truck drivers’ hours, and instead actually relaxed the rules on how long truck drivers could be on the road. Because of this shift in policy, Dorris Edwards, 62, was killed when an 18-wheeler slammed into her Jeep, crushing it, and shoving it down an embankment. The driver of the truck had been driving nearly 12 hours, 8 of them non-stop. Under the old federal regulations, this would not have been allowed.

As Colorado truck accident attorneys, we regularly help individuals who have been seriously injured in collisions with commercial semi-trucks. We keep updated on the latest federal laws regulating truck drivers and the companies that employ the drivers.

The New York Times recently published an article detailing the changes in the trucking industry regulations and laws. Our firm feels that the Bush administration’s blatant pandering to the corporate interests in rolling back the deregulation of the trucking industry by more than a generation, clearly demonstrates this administration’s practice of catering to special interests at the expense of individuals and families.