Posted on behalf of Gordon & Partners on Feb 19, 2013 in Truck Accidents
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, fatigue and lack of sleep may be a factor in 30-40 percent of all large truck accident s.
Fatigue was the probable cause in 31 percent of crashes that resulted in the truck driver's death (NTSB).
In a 1992 survey, 19 percent of tractor-trailer drivers said they had fallen asleep at the wheel during the previous month (Journal of Public Health Policy).
Many truck drivers feel pressured to drive as many miles as possible in as short a time as possible, causing them to break hours of service rules (1989 Motor Carrier Safety Study).
A 1987 survey determined that 28 percent of large truck drivers were on schedule, which required drivers to speed and/or violate hours of service regulations (1989 Motor Carrier Safety Study).
The NTSB recommended that the FHWA change hours of service regulations so that drivers are given enough opportunity to get the sleep they need to avoid driving fatigued (NTSB).
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