Truck driver fatigue is responsible for far too many accidents each year. Although the government has tried to set regulations about the number of hours a truck driver can work, it seems that trucking companies do not always abide by these rules. Unfortunately, truck driver fatigue can lead to serious and sometimes fatal accidents.
Each year, about 30,000 people die on American highways due to accidents. About 1 out of every 7 of those crashes involves a large truck. When truck drivers resist drowsy driving rules, catastrophes can happen. On June 7, 2014, for example, a driver in a Walmart truck hit a van that was carrying actor Tracy Morgan and members of his staff. The truck driver had not slept in more than 24 hours and, as a result of the accident, Morgan was critically injured and one of his passengers was killed.
Last year, the government decreased the maximum workweek for a truck driver from 82 to 70 hours. Once a driver has worked for 70 hours, he or she must take a break for at least 34 hours and at least two complete nights off. Drivers are not supposed to be on the road for more than 11 hours in one day and have to have a break for at least 30 minutes during a shift. The trucking industry continues to fight against these regulations and is having some success in Washington, D.C.
More Trucks During Peak Hours
One of the trucking industry’s most convincing arguments about the regulations is that it puts more trucks on the road during peak driving hours. They claim that this severely hinders their ability to deliver their goods and services and also increases safety risks. They do not think the government should regulate when drivers can operate their vehicles.
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