Posted on July 28, 2014 in Personal Injury
Do you drive on highways frequented by trucks? What about the trucks you pass by on the suburban and city streets you drive on every day to get to and from work? The scary thought is that as you may be driving next to trucks being operated by driver’s who haven’t slept in hours and even days!
The trucking industry is the primary mover of freight in the United States. The American Trucking Associations (ATA) has forecasted that overall freight weight will grow 23.5% from 2013 to 2025 and freight revenues will surge 72%. ATA President and CEO Bill Graves, states “trucking continues to move the most, and most valuable, freight in the United States despite the challenges of congestion, regulations and crumbling infrastructure.” Read more here. The need and benefits from the commercial trucking industry are extremely important to the national economy right now. That means more pressure and competition on the truckers to meet deadlines and quickly move from one job to the next. The faster they finish a job, the more money they can make in the long run.
So what happens when you mix a truck driver deprived of sleep driving along other motor vehicles? Accidents, injury and even death. National Center for Biotechnology Information surveyed that truck drivers averaged just 5.18 hours of sleep per day. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires that truck drivers are only allowed to driver 11-hours a day and work 14-hour days in total. So why are they not sleeping for more than 5 hours? In 2013, the FMCSA administered new regulations limiting the maximum work week to 70 hours and only allowing truckers to resume driving if they rest for 34 consecutive hours. The truck drivers are now also required to take a 30-minute break during the first 8 hour shift. Read about hours of service.
Despite these new regulations, fatal car accidents involving trucks still occur on a frequent basis. Truck drivers are required to follow these laws and can be found negligent if an accident is caused due to their lack of sleep. Please be mindful of the trucks around you while driving and stay safe!
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