Truck Driver Fatigue

October 31, 2019

Truck Driver Fatigue

Truck driver fatigue can pose a serious threat to others on Arizona roadways. Because of the size and mass of semi-trucks, other drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians are at a much higher risk of catastrophic injuries or fatalities in case of a collision. Many factors can escalate the risk of a crash, including distracted driving or intoxication. However, the nature of the trucking industry makes drowsy driving particularly likely. Truckers drive for many hours at a time, often in the dark, over long stretches of monotonous highways.

These conditions can help to foster exhaustion, something that poses a severe risk to others on the road. Accidents are more likely when truck drivers are exhausted, especially when they violate federal hours of service regulations. Truckers can drive 11 hours out of a 14-hour workday and are required to keep electronic logs, a change that came in 2017 in response to deadly truck crashes linked to fatigue.

Many industries are dependent on trucking, including in North Dakota’s oil region. Two fatal crashes that took place on a roadway bypass constructed explicitly to increase highway safety by reducing exposure to trucking accidents have drawn attention to this issue. In both crashes, one involving two semi-trucks and the other involving a large truck and a pickup truck, one of the semitrucks crossed the centerline of the road and rammed head-on into the other vehicle.

Weaving in and out of lanes can be one sign of truck driver fatigue, and the injuries to occupants of other vehicles can be catastrophic. People who have been hurt in a collision due to someone else’s negligent driving might want to have the help of an attorney when seeking compensation for their losses.

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