Oklahoma City, OK (PRWEB) January 12, 2012
The Oklahoma trucking accident lawyers at the law firm of Atkins & Markoff, which is a law firm consisting of Oklahoma personal injury attorneys who represent individuals who have been harmed in traffic accidents, hereby alert the public to recent changes made with regards to safety regulations that apply to commercial truck drivers. These regulations were put forth by the Department of Transportation and they take effect in January of 2014.
Specifically, the Department of Transportation and its subsidiary, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, have shortened the work week for commercial truck drivers in terms of the hours spent on the roads. They have also instituted a requirement that commercial truck drivers take at least a 30-minute rest break after spending eight hours on duty. However, truck drivers are still allowed to be on the road for up to 11 hours per day, as opposed to the 10-hour limit that existed until 2003.
These changes come after the Department of Transportation completed a survey in 2005 that revealed that 65 percent of truck drivers admitted to driving while feeling drowsy and that 48 percent of truck drivers admitted to falling asleep behind the wheel during the previous year. As stated above, these safety regulation changes take effect in January of 2014.
The Oklahoma trucking accident lawyers at Atkins & Markoff hope that these new regulations will help to bring down the number of trucking accidents overall and the number of Oklahoma trucking accidents that occur. According to statistics kept by the state, more than 2,000 Oklahoma trucking accidents occur on an annual basis, and these crashes result in approximately 1,300 injuries and in more than 100 fatalities.
About Atkins & Markoff
Atkins & Markoff, whose Web site is located at http://www.oklalawyer.com, is a law firm comprised of Oklahoma personal injury and trial lawyers who have been representing consumers and defending their legal rights for nearly 15 years. The firm handles legal matters that include Oklahoma auto accidents, class action lawsuits, child injuries, defective products, medical malpractice, general personal injury and workers’ compensation among other legal matters.