The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the agency that enforces compliance with trucking regulations, has proposed lowering the hours a truck driver can spend behind the wheel before taking a break in an effort to reduce trucking accidents in the U.S. The FMCSA would like to reduce driving time from 11 hours in each 14-hour shift to 10 hours. The proposed changes would also mandate that drivers take more time off from work between seven-day stretches of working and require drivers to take a one-hour break from long shifts, including time spent loading and unloading freight. The agency expects to issue a ruling on the proposed changes by October 28. Trucking companies are strongly opposed to the changes, saying that the new rules would increase their costs of doing business.
An Orlando woman riding her motorcycle on the morning of August 25 died from injuries she suffered when her motorcycle was struck from behind. Accident investigators say the victim was riding her 2003 Yamaha motorcycle westbound on Clarcona Ocoee Road near Shale Ridge Trail shortly after 8 a.m. and had slowed for traffic in front of her when she was struck by a 2004 Nissan pickup truck. Witnesses say the 24-year-old man driving the truck made no effort to stop before striking the victim and the impact caused the victim to become trapped in the wreckage. She was reportedly dragged hundreds of feet before the truck came to a stop.
An Orlando man who has been observed traveling at very high speeds on his motorcycle died from injuries he received when he crashed his bike into another vehicle on Interstate 4. Florida Highway Patrol accident investigators say the crash occurred around 4:30 a.m. on August 30 on I-4 near State Road 417. Witnesses say the 28-year-old victim was observed traveling at excessive speeds all the way from Volusia County when he crashed right into the rear of a pickup truck driven by a 29-year-old Sorrento man. After colliding with the truck, the victim was thrown onto the roadway, where he was struck by at least one vehicle that did not stop. The victim, who was wearing a helmet, died at the scene. Read the rest »
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