The risks of truck driver fatigue
It is no mystery that transport truck drivers sometimes have to spend hours on end behind the wheel to deliver the goods on time. Some truck drivers end up spending hours on the road. Over-worked drivers may suffer from truck driver fatigue, especially if they are sleep-deprived.
Driver fatigue should be taken seriously. Tired and fatigued drivers are not only a threat to themselves but to other motorists on the road. Fatigued drivers may not be as alert and may not be able to react promptly in case something goes wrong. Under the regulations of The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA, truck drivers have to observe the hours-of-service rules. Transport truck drivers are not advised to drive more than 11 hours after they have spent 10 consecutive hours off-duty. Spending 11 hours on the road can be tiresome for anyone. Trucking companies are told not to push their drivers to their limits in their efforts to make deadlines. The safety and well-being of the driver should be the first priority.
Truck accidents can be tragically catastrophic. When a fully loaded 18-wheeler crashes and hits another vehicle, serious injury and death might be the result. This is why transport truck drivers should not be put under the immense pressure of delivering the goods on time. Trucking companies should set reasonable deadlines for their drivers.
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident due to a transport truck, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries if your claim is valid. Hiring an attorney who specializes in such cases might prove to be in your best interest.