Truck driver fatigue is becoming a major problem on US highways. A shortage of qualified truck drivers is ‘forcing’ trucking companies to ignore federal driving time regulations. Trucking companies keep their drivers on the road longer than is legally mandated in order maintain productivity.
Driving any vehicle while tired is dangerous, but when that vehicle weighs 80,000 pounds, the stakes become even greater. Some researchers conclude tired driving equates to drunk driving in terms of adequate response times. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration limits the amount of hours a truck driver can be on the road to avoid this type of danger. Unfortunately, most trucking companies do not adhere to these rules.
The fact is that 25% of the trucks on the highway are operated by fatigued drivers. Truck driver fatigue is a contributing factor in 30-40% of commercial tractor trailer accidents.
You might be wondering, “Why truck drivers are so tired?” Here’s why:
1. Trucking companies require their drivers to drive too many continuous hours.
2. Deadlines and delivery quotas frequently require drivers to sacrifice rest periods.
3. Drivers get pressure from the companies they work for to stay ahead of schedule.
4. Even when drivers do get sleep, it isn’t quality rest.
It may seem obvious, but it is important to understand why sleep deprivation is so dangerous. Many truck drivers believe a lack of sleep is not an issue, however, the body goes through many changes when it’s tired, including:
- Decreased alertness and reaction times.
- Memory problems.
- Lack of ability to think clearly in dangerous situations.
- Inability to process information.
Despite the threat of strict penalties and fines, trucking companies continue to ignore safety regulations to maintain a profit. That is why if you or a loved one has been involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, you have to call me immediately at 1 (800) 556-4769. I want to help you get the compensation you deserve and fight to stop trucking companies from placing profit over your safety.
Author: Tim Misny | For over 33 years, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving “Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus & Cincinnati, Ohio.” You can reach Tim by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 1 (800) 556-4769.