Hours of Service Safety Regulations to Reduce Truck Driver Fatigue

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A practice for road traffic injury relates to the Federal Law limiting the hours that a truck can be on the roadways. Driving long daily and weekly hours on a regular basis is associated with chronic fatigue and a high risk of crashes. Truck driver fatigue is the highest cause of truck accidents in the United States. Each year truck crashes kill an estimated 5,000 people and injure about 150,000 more on our highways and roadways. About 1 in 4 passenger deaths in multiple vehicle collisions involved a large truck. In 2005 about 98% of people killed in accidents involving trucks were occupants in a motor vehicle. Over 800 truck drivers die each year due to accidents caused by fatigue. The Federal Law limits truck drivers to a maximum of 11 continuous hours on the road in a 14-hour workday. After the 11 hours they are mandatory required to rest for 10 hours before getting behind the wheel of a truck again. In any 7-day period the truck cannot be on the roads for more than 70 hours. These new laws limiting the amount of hours truckers can drive is estimated to save 20 lives and 560 injuries per year and an estimated $280 million in savings from fewer large truck crashes.

Post source: https://www.transportation.gov/briefing-room/new-hours-service-safety-regulations-reduce-truck-driver-fatigue-begin-today

Image credit: http://www.michiganautolaw.com/blog/2013/07/20/new-hours-of-service-rules-for-truckers-2/

 

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