Drowsy driving is one of the most dangerous activities that a motorist can engage in, and when driver fatigue begins affecting the operators of large commercial trucks, the danger becomes even more serious. Because of this and the fact that drivers of semi-trucks are subjected to extreme amounts of stress and fatigue in the course of their job, they are held to a specific hours of service regulation.
These restrictions are in place to alleviate that problem of driver fatigue in an industry where long shifts on little rest result directly in increased profit for the drivers and trucking companies moving goods and services across the country. Any violation of the regulations contributes directly to putting more drowsy drivers behind the wheel of trucks that often weigh 80,000 pounds, and all too often results in a serious accident in which an innocent motorist is gravely injured.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has placed a variety of restrictions on the hours which long haul drivers are permitted to work in an effort to prevent driver fatigue and the accidents that can result from it. The following are a few examples of how trucking companies and drivers may violate these regulations:
Drivers are obligated to follow all NHTSA regulations, and trucking companies who fail to adequately monitor their drivers to ensure compliance are putting innocent motorists at risk.
Due to the sheer size of these trucks, accidents between them and other vehicles often have the potential to be extremely devastating, even fatal. However, when a truck driver violates the hours of service regulations or is forced to violate them by their company, the victims of any resulting accidents may be able to hold the responsible parties accountable. Learn more about taking such legal action after a truck accident by filing out the above form.