Truck Driver Fatigue
Driver fatigue is the most common cause of accidents involving trucks, and one that is completely preventable. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the number of hours that truck drivers may work with the goal of reducing fatigue-related truck accident. The rules require drivers to take a 30-minute rest break within the first eight hours of a shift and to rest for longer periods at prescribed intervals. These requirements are based on scientific research showing that fatigued or near-fatigued drivers are bad at judging whether they can drive safely. Unfortunately, trucking companies and truckers sometimes operate in violation of these federal regulations.
Whether a driver was operating in violation of federal regulations designed to keep fatigued drivers off the road is highly relevant in assigning liability. If you have been injured in an accident with a truck, it is vital that the attorney representing you understands these regulations to ensure that you are properly compensated for the harm caused to you.
Resources Related to Truck Driver Fatigue
- U.S. Department of Transportation, Why We Care About Truck Driver Fatigue
- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts: 2012
- U.S. Census Bureau, Transportation: Motor Vehicle Accidents and Fatalities