One of the most common causes of commercial
truck accidents is drowsy driving. While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) has set forth various regulations and rules which address the
problem of fatigued driving by limiting the number of hours a trucker
can drive, more than hundreds of thousands of hours-of-service (HOS) rule
violations have been issued every year.
If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by a fatigued trucker
in New York, let
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Causes of Fatigued Driving
In most cases, fatigued driving in the trucking industry is mainly due
to competition. For every trucking company that is compliant with all
of the safety rules, there are several more who are willing to compromise
safety in order to maximize their profits. Some trucking companies encourage
their drivers to work longer hours to meet tight deadlines as fast as possible.
Common causes of truck driver fatigue include the following:
- Improper rest periods
- Driving more hours than permitted by law
- Pressure to meet strict deadlines
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Sleep deprivation slows down reaction time and obstructs a driver’s
ability to make proper decisions. Our legal team can investigate your
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