Whenever you’re driving down the freeway or highway, you probably see many large trucks such as 16-wheelers and other kinds of big rigs while you are driving. When driving by these large trucks, it can feel a bit intimidating at times. You know that your own vehicle is much smaller and that if you got in an accident with a large truck that it would likely cause severe damage.
Trucking is a big part of the U.S. economy and of the commercial transportation industry. In fact, large trucks account for nearly 85% of the revenue from the commercial transportation industry. Because of this, there is a lot of money at stake when it comes to trucking. This means that professional truckers are often faced with the choice of needing to make their route as quickly as possible. They can often feel pressure to do this or else they will be replaced. Because of this, there is temptation for trucks to break shift limits and drive while they are fatigued. But, fatigued driving is very dangerous and can lead to accidents. Fatigued driving can lead to severe accidents and even cause fatalities.
Are many truck accidents caused by fatigued drivers?
Of course, driving while tired does not a good mix make. When a person is running low on sleep they tend to be irritable, apathetic, and slow to make decisions. It is hard to remember what you’re doing and focus on things. This is a very bad mix when it comes to operating a large truck down a small highway. Especially when the drive can get long and monotonous.
Fatigued driving can lead to disaster. When truck drivers choose to drive while fatigued, they are putting the lives of others at risk. It is hard to know exactly how many fatigued drivers there are on the road at any given time. But, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does list it is an “important car crash cause” related to trucking accidents.
What are the rules?
The trucking industry is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and has set up hours of service regulations. These regulations are often called HOS regulations. They are meant to limit the number of hours a truck can drive consecutively in order to curtail the likelihood of accidents related to fatigued driving. But, unfortunately, these regulations are often ignored.
What should you do if you’ve been injured in an accident involving a large truck?
If you are facing serious injuries because of a trucking accident, you should seek help from a personal injury lawyer. At JD Haas & Associates, we have represented clients all over Minnesota. We know that it can be difficult to know where to turn and the legal aspect can seem overwhelming, but you don’t have to go this journey alone. We can help you and hold the negligent parties accountable. Give us a call today at 952-345-1025 to find out more.