Truck Driver Fatigue and Truck Accidents
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Commercial truck drivers are tasked with safely maneuvering their massive vehicles through traffic on a regular basis and in varying conditions. When a trucker is fatigued, he or she endangers everyone on the roadway. While driving drowsy is never a safe plan, truckers are held to more exacting standards than noncommercial drivers are and should never get behind the wheel while they’re under the influence of fatigue. If a fatigued trucker leaves you injured, consult with an experienced Brooklyn personal injury attorney today.
The Causes of Fatigued Driving
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reports that fatigue is the result of mental or physical exertion that impairs one’s performance. Truck driver fatigue can be caused by any number of factors, including:
An inadequate amount of sleep
Expansive work hours
Work (or non-work) that is very strenuous
Any combinations of these factors
All of these causes of fatigue can be applied to truck drivers – who traditionally spend long hours behind the wheel and may regularly fail to get enough sleep for a number of reasons.
Finally, the FMCSA shares study results indicating that a driver’s level of alertness corresponds more closely to the time of day than it does to the amount of time spent performing a task (such as driving). Most people are less alert at night – especially after midnight – and fatigue can be enhanced by spending extended periods of time on the road.
Hours of Service Regulations
The federal government recognizes the serious problem posed by fatigued truck drivers, and as a result, tightened up its Hours of Service regulations in 2013. While truckers used to be able to put in a staggering 82 hours behind the wheel per week, they must now put in no more than 70 hours in a week. Further, truckers must take a 30-minute break within each 8-hour shift to help regain the strength, energy, and focus necessary to drive safely. Fatigued driving is dangerous driving, and strict state and federal laws reflect this fact.
The Nature of the Industry
The trucking industry is powered by our ever-expanding consumer-driven economy. The things we purchase have to come from somewhere, and the trucking industry helps ensure that consumer goods reach their final destinations. Sometimes, trucking companies cut corners by demanding more out of their truck drivers than Hours of Service regulations allow. While truckers are responsible for driving their rigs safely at all times, driving is their livelihood, and many succumb to company pressure to exceed driving limitations. Trucking companies are responsible for not overextending their drivers.
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Fatigued truckers are dangerous truckers. The dedicated personal injury attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman proudly serve the NYC area, and they’re here to help you. Our experienced legal team has the skill, knowledge, and compassion to help effectively and efficiently guide your claim toward its best possible resolution. To schedule a free consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 212-285-3300 today.