The Dangers of Drowsy Truck Driving
- June 13, 2012
- Truck Accidents
While a rule that requires all truck drivers to install GPS tracking devices in their trucks is not yet mandatory, it may be soon.
Currently, all truck drivers are required to fill out a logbook that shows how many hours they have been driving. A driver must not be on the road for more than 14 consecutive hours, but many truckers falsify their records, driving more than they should. This concerns the U.S. Department of Transportation and highway safety advocates.
It has been well documented that drowsy driving is as dangerous, if not more dangerous, than drunk driving. While a lot of drivers do make sure they are well rested before hitting the highway, many in the trucking industry see drowsy driving as an epidemic.
Pressured to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible, truckers may drive well over their allowed time limits on very little sleep, putting them at serious risk of causing an accident. However, opponents of the proposed rule don’t believe that allowing a Big Brother-type tracking device will help truckers get more sleep. They point to the fact that while it will track their drive time, it does not guarantee that they will sleep while the truck is stopped.
As a Dallas truck accident lawyer I have seen my fair share of serious 18-wheeler wrecks. I know the terrible impact they have on those involved. Hopefully rules such as this will reduce the number of semi trucks crashes in Dallas and across Texas.
If the rule comes too late for you, and you have been hurt during an accident with a semi truck in Texas, do not let the trucking company and their insurance agents bully you into accepting a settlement that’s too low. Call 972-774-9800 today to speak with a Dallas personal injury attorney who is ready and able to fight for the rights of large truck accident victims.