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Republican lawmakers block trucking safety laws

Mississippi motorists may not be pleased to learn that safety rules to prevent tired truckers from driving on the highway was blocked by Republican lawmakers. The rules, which were put forth by the Obama administration, would have required truck drivers to take two nights off from work after each 75-hour work week.

Truck drivers are required to take a 35-hour break after they complete a 75-hour week. Under these rules, the 35 hours must include two periods of rest between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., as sleep research indicated that rest during the early morning hours was critical. One truck driver, a 66-year-old man from Georgia, stated that he liked the requirement as it means that drivers must be well-rested. However, he said that it could be difficult to find a lace to sleep on the road.

Another truck driver, a 61-year-old self-employed man from Illinois, said that the government should not be able to tell workers when they could and could not sleep. With the safety laws already being blocked, it is thought that some segments of the trucking industry could continue to push back on other laws. In fact, they may request to increase the weight limit and allow for longer double-trailer combinations.

Because 18-wheelers and other large trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds people in other smaller vehicles who are involved in truck accidents are often left with serious injuries that can often require an expensive hospitalization and recovery period. If it can be determined that a collision was caused by a truck driver who nodded off behind the wheel, an attorney could assist an injured victim in seeking compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.

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