Trucking companies are infamous for having long hours of work without a break. However, with new laws being implemented, truck driver conditions are improving. Trucking companies are required to maintain log books for each driver to record the number of hours they drive and the miles they cover. This ensures they comply with the “Hours Of Service” rules.
Since the job of a truck driver can be somewhat tiring, drivers are often found to be sleepy and fatigued on their jobs. Trucking companies are strictly prohibited from allowing their fatigued drivers to go on duty as it increases the chances of an accident. If you have been in an accident caused by an overworked truck driver, connect with experts at Zehl & Associates.
What is a common problem in trucking companies that goes unnoticed?
One common problem in most trucking companies that goes unnoticed and is also the cause of most truck accidents is that the owners and managers are most focused on complying with the rules to avoid fines and penalties rather than avoiding accidents on the road. Simply complying with the government rules helps avoid legal issues, but that does not automatically make the road a safer place to be.
Many truck drivers suffer from sleeping disorders and other cognitive problems which go unnoticed by the trucking company. These employees require special attention since they have unique situations. People with such issues experience irregularities with sleep and cannot be put in the same category as other drivers.
Unfortunately, the trucking companies do not recognize these special problems, so they send out drivers for long cross-country trips without knowing whether they will fall asleep midway.
What are some federal regulations aimed at reducing fatigued driving?
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has introduced Hours Of Service to ensure no one drives longer than they should and that every truck driver is well-rested. Truck drivers carrying cargo have the following requirements:
- 11-hour maximum driving limit after ten consecutive hours off duty
- 60-hour limit for seven days
- The 70-hour limit for eight days
- A 30-minute break after driving for eight hours
- Driving is strictly prohibited after the 14th consecutive hour of coming on duty
If a drowsy truck driver has caused your accident, it can be challenging to prove that they were sleepy while driving. Gathering evidence can be complex. If you are feeling lost and confused, it is normal. An attorney has resources, years of knowledge, and experience to help you win the case. Get in touch with one today.