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Is the Trucking Community Being Pushed Beyond its Limits?

September 01, 2022
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A National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) survey found that long-haul truck drivers, on average, work 50% more hours than standard workers and are forced to violate federal rules and regulations that limit the work hours of commercial truck drivers.

The trucking industry is currently facing a massive problem. Shipments and orders are consistently increasing along with the shortage of truck drivers. To fulfill these never-ending orders, trucking companies will do all they can, even endanger the lives of their truckers and other people they share the road with. All this translates to truck drivers who are forced to work long, grueling hours, which increases their risk of getting injured in devastating crashes.

Truck Drivers Are Overworked, Overtired, and Fatigued

Like all other businesses, the main goal of trucking companies is to make money. However, even among the most profit-hungry companies, some companies can be particularly callous and reckless to make more money. This is why trucking companies are notorious for pressuring truckers to violate the rules to maximize their profits. Trucking companies commonly violate the following rules:

The work hours of U.S. truckers are regulated at the federal level. Currently, truck drivers can only drive for 11 hours maximum before they’re required to take at least a 10-hour break. Further, they should only work 14 hours in 24 hours. In addition, truck drivers must not drive 70 hours in eight days or 60 hours in seven days.

Violating Safety Rules Endangers The Lives of Truckers and Other Road Users

The safety rules that the trucking industry must follow are based on thorough research by highway safety specialists. For instance, hours of service rules help combat drowsy driving and fatigue, both of which are considered the leading causes of fatal truck accidents.

But besides pressuring truck drivers to violate the rules to ensure their safety and the safety of all road users, trucking companies spend a lot of their money and time lobbying against reforms and regulations that would help make the entire trucking industry safer. They are more interested in maximizing their short-term gains than worrying about their driver’s safety and wellbeing. In turn, an increasing number of overworked and fatigued truck drivers routinely find themselves working more and more hours each day.

Reach Out to an Experienced NYC Workers’ Compensation Attorney Today

If you have been hurt on the job due to the pressures and stress of working long hours, you have a right to hold your employer liable for their negligent actions. Contact Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman and speak to our NYC workers’ compensation attorney to help ensure the best possible results for your case. Dial 212-285-3300 or reach us online to arrange your free consultation with our skilled NYC workers’ compensation attorney.