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The risks of truck driver fatigue

On Behalf of | Mar 6, 2017 | Firm News, Truck Accidents

Unlike drivers of other vehicles, transport drivers may have to travel long distances on a daily basis. Every day tons of goods are delivered all across the country via transport trucks. These trucks are generally large in size. Their daunting size is what makes them an even bigger threat in case of a crash. Truck accidents can be tragic. Transport truck drivers who have to spend hours on the road may suffer from fatigue. Fatigue happens if the truck driver is sleep-deprived or not well-rested.

Fatigue is not something that should be ignored. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA has certain regulations regarding hours of service. These regulations state that transport truck drivers should not be driving more than 11 hours after they have spent 10 consecutive hours off-duty. Drivers must comply with these regulations.

A fatigued transport truck driver does not only pose a threat to himself, but to pedestrians and other motorists on the road. The human brain requires rest in order to be vigilant and alert. A fatigued body and mind may not be as alert, and when the situation arises, the driver may not be able to act promptly. Truck drivers should take breaks in between long drives. The trucking company or employer of the driver should not set unrealistic deadlines for the driver to convey the goods. Tight deadlines put pressure on the drivers and they may not rest in order to meet the deadlines.

If you or someone you love has recently been injured in an accident involving a transport truck, you might be able to receive compensation for the expenses you have incurred. Hiring an experienced attorney may help you recover compensation. The compensation you receive might include medical expenses, property damages, and lost wages.

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