The hours that a commercial driver is allowed to be behind the wheel are regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, with different restrictions on those carrying passengers versus those transporting goods. These hours of service rules are in place in order to help ensure the safety of others traveling on the road around commercial drivers, as well as of any passengers that they may be transporting.
On June 7, actor-comedian Tracy Morgan was traveling on a limo bus with colleagues on their way home from a comedy show when a Walmart tractor trailer approached from behind and slammed into their vehicle, tossing it like a toy car.
General Motors has made a controversial filing in federal court, asking a judge to shield them from liability in about 50 class action lawsuits stemming from a dangerous product defect in vehicles that date back more than ten years. The defect in this case is the faulty ignition switch, which would become loose and shut off the car’s electrical system, causing essential safety systems like the airbags not to deploy.