Recent statistics show that driver fatigue is one of the leading causes
of large truck crashes in the United States.
McIntyre Law, P.C. have compiled the following diagram to bring light to the difficult pressures put on semi-truck drivers that lead to driver fatigue and overwork.
While falling asleep at the wheel is usually a sing of lack of sleep, for truck drivers it can also be the result of poor quality sleep, interrupted sleep, working night shift, or rotating schedules from day to night.
With fatigue comes slowed reactions, poor judgment, and a reduced ability to process information. Unfortunately the rules dictating when and for how long drivers can operate a vehicle leave room for error.
Truck drivers must abide by the following: maximum 11 consecutive hours driving time, maximum 14 consecutive hours on-duty (on-duty includes all non-driving activities, such as truck maintenance, loading and unloading, paperwork, etc.), minimum 10 consecutive hours off-duty between shifts.
The result is drivers can be on-duty for 60-70 hours each week, a number that can leave them taxed and sleepy, and open to making mistakes. Our hope motivation behind this research is to bring light to this issue,and to the underlying causes behind some of the many truck accidents each year.