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Targeting trucker fatigue to improve safety

If you have ever been on a relatively quiet stretch of highway at night, you may well have seen one or more tractor trailers or other large commercial vehicles. Driving at night is a reality for truckers, especially those on long haul routes. Unfortunately that reality may also open the door to these drivers becoming tired and therefore less safe when operating their rigs. Too many trucking crashes have been attributed to driver fatigue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does have in place rules that aim to reduce or eliminate trucker fatigue.

Called the Hours of Service rule, these regulations limit the number of hours in a day and in a week that a person may operate a commercial motor vehicle. There are different guidelines for those vehicles that transport goods versus people. For drivers operating trucks that haul materials, they may drive up to 11 hours in a single work day. Drivers carrying people may only drive up to 10 hours in a single work day.

In addition to driving time, the rule allows goods-carrying truckers to work up to 14 hours in a day so long as no more than 11 are spent driving. People-carrying drivers can work up to 15 hours in a day so long as no more than 10 are spent driving.

If you would like to learn more about the types of situations and factors that may be associated with or contribute to truck accidents and how to get help after such a crash, please feel free to visit the commercial vehicle collision page of our Missouri accident and personal injury website. 

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