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Trump rule-freezing tactic could raise truck accident risk

The transition to the Trump administration has been accompanied by changes for a variety of industries, and the transportation sector is no exception. In light of the administration's refusal to promulgate any new regulation through a "freeze" period, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is struggling to reduce truck accident risk without the regulatory tools they were promised. This could lead to an increase in the number of semi truck crash events in Virginia and other locations, according to experts in the transportation industry.

Reports indicate that a proposed rule to install speed limiters in all big-rig trucks could be effectively considered dead before it ever had the chance to be implemented. That rule would have limited truck accident risk by preventing drivers in both newer and older vehicles from exceeding the speed limit. This change could have had positive effects for drivers throughout the nation by lowering the severity of trucking accident incidents caused by speeding drivers.

Despite that bad news, at least one requirement is still expected to "go live" in the coming year: Truckers will still be required to comply with electronic logging regulations designed to better track and prevent truck driver fatigue. One of the biggest causes of trucking accidents is truck driver fatigue, which puts other drivers at risk of permanent disability and other negative consequences after a tractor-trailer crash.

Virginia drivers deserve protection from truck owners who do not provide adequate oversight or support for their drivers. Truck driver fatigue, speeding and other errors are major issues for everyone on the road. Even though the implementation of some rules may be frozen at this time, civil litigation can still yield results for victims who have been harmed in a trucking accident.

Source: Bay & Bay Transportation, "A New Administration and Year Guarantee Change Ahead for Truckers in Atlanta, GA," Feb. 21, 2017

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