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Preventing Drowsy Driving

When a truck driver decides to drive without adequate sleep, they are at an increased risk of getting involved in an accident, jeopardizing the safety of not only themselves but the safety of other individuals on the road as well. Sadly, truck accidents often result in devastating consequences because of their sheer size in comparison to passenger vehicles.

Fortunately, The US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has put in place new federal regulations to reduce truck driving fatigue and improve safety for all drivers on highways and roads. The new regulations limit the maximum average work week for truck drivers from 82 hours to 70 hours. The daily driving limit has also been capped at 11 hours, along with a maximum 14-hour work day.

Common Methods of Preventing Drowsy Driving

Before hitting the road, there are certain precautions that truck drivers can follow in order to prevent drowsiness that could cause a crash. This includes:

  • Get adequate sleep. Sleep experts recommend between 7-9 hours for adults.
  • Drive with a passenger. They can stay awake to talk to the driver or be available to switch driving if signs of fatigue show up.
  • Take regular breaks.
  • Avoid alcohol and sleep-inducing medications
  • Consume caffeine.
  • Take a short nap.

Drowsy driving is entirely preventable if the driver can detect signs of drowsiness and proceeds to get an adequate amount of rest needed to stay alert. It is a driver’s duty to be safe on the road because fatigued driving doesn’t just put the driver at risk, it also puts other drivers at danger.

Contact a Houston Truck Accident Lawyer to Learn More

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident that involved a fatigued driver or a person that fell asleep at the wheel, you may be entitled to legal action and financial compensation for any resulting damages and/or medical treatments. To explore your legal options or for more information, contact the Williams Hart Truck Accident Resource Center by calling 800-220-9341 today.