When commercial truck drivers become tired behind the wheel, they increase the risk of crashes that can result in death or serious injuries, and that’s why state and federal regulations limit the number of hours that truckers can be on the road.
Scranton, Pennsylvania (PRWEB) November 27, 2010
With commercial truck traffic expected to increase in coming years along I-81 in New York and Pennsylvania, it might become harder for tired tractor-trailer drivers to find open resting spaces.
That’s why the I-81 Corridor Coalition should move ahead with plans to create an electronic system for directing fatigued truckers to open spaces, says Marion K. Munley of the Pennsylvania truck accident law firm of Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C.
“When commercial truck drivers become tired behind the wheel, they increase the risk of crashes that can result in death or serious injuries, and that’s why state and federal regulations limit the number of hours that truckers can be on the road,” says Munley, who represents tractor-trailer accident victims and their families in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits throughout the Northeast and frequently lectures on the topic of trucking accident litigation.
“A system that informs these tired truckers of where they can go to get rest would ensure that they get off the road instead of pressing on despite their fatigue or else parking on the side of the road, which endangers other motorists,” Munley says.
Munley was speaking in reaction to a recent announcement by the I-81 Corridor Coalition. The organization said it would analyze the establishment of an electronic system that guides commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers on where to find open parking spaces along the increasingly crowded interstate route, according to news reports.
The coalition, featuring state and local officials from the six states that lie along the I-81 corridor between Tennessee and New York, said during a recent meeting in Hagerstown, Maryland, that about 25,000 trucks could be traveling daily on I-81 by 2030, according to news reports.
“A problem that can arise with this increase in commercial truck traffic is that rest areas will fill up quickly, especially during the nighttime,” Munley says. “That’s why it’s important to alert drivers to open spaces. The goal should be to protect innocent motorists who could be harmed by fatigued truckers.”
About Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C. Munley, Munley & Cartwright, P.C., is a Pennsylvania truck accident law firm that represents tractor trailer accident victims throughout the Northeast, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The firm has an extensive record of successful verdicts and settlements, and its truck accident attorneys have been nationally recognized for their expertise in state and federal trucking regulations. To learn more about the firm’s truck accident litigation team, call 1-800-318-LAW1 or use its online form.
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