Even though truck driver fatigue is a clear and present danger on American highways, the fight to regulate it is an uphill battle.
DANGERS OF FATIUGUED TRUCK DRIVERS
Driving while exhausted has been likened to driving while intoxicated. Some studies suggest it is actually even more debilitating to drive on no sleep than it is to get behind the wheel after a couple drinks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) clearly understands the danger that lurks in fatigue as well, seeing as how they have created regulation after regulation to curb how long a truck driver can be on the road in a given shift or work week. And still, stories arise every year about devastating truck accidents caused by fatigued truck drivers.
WHAT IS BEING DONE TO PREVENT TRUCK ACCIDENTS
Even though truck driver fatigue is a clear and present danger on American highways, the fight to regulate it is an uphill one. Earlier this year, the Senate passed a bill that allowed some truck drivers to be exempt from regulations, depending on what, where, and why they were carrying freight. Members of the FMCSA were understandably displeased.
Until more ground is gained to ensure the safety of motorists in the presence of commercial trucks, it will be up to civil litigators to take up the mantle of protecting the rights of those injured in truck accidents.
At Whitley Law Firm, our Raleigh truck accident lawyers can take the fight to negligent and reckless truckers, and the parent companies who allow them to behave in such careless ways, all on your behalf. Contact us today to learn about how we can help you in a free initial consultation.
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