Driver fatigue, truck driver logs and electronic logging devices by Brad Pistotnik Law
Driver fatigue is a well-known problem in the trucking industry and a very well-known problem among personal injury trial attorneys. There are over 2 million rigs and over 1.2 million trucking companies in the United States. These tractor-trailers are driven by over 3.5 million truckers. As the trucking industry is booming there has been an increase in trucking related fatalities. From 2011 to 2012 fatal crashes increased by 3.1 percent. Injury rate of trucking related crashes increased by 6.7 percent in the same years. What can be done to keep our roads safe? One very important factor in truck related injuries seems to be truck driver fatigue. One way to help keep this problem and potentially save lives is to ensure proper documentation of service hours performed by truck drivers. The FMSCA says that driver fatigue is a clear leader in the problem of accidents. More can be done to ensure that truck drivers follow regulations and one possibility is to have trucking companies monitor more closely the hours of their truck drivers. Suggestions by the FMCSA to add electronic logging systems to better track hours. It is essential to the safety of others on the road that hours are properly monitored so driver fatigue is less of a problem. Although it makes sense that the more hours truck drivers can log the more money they will make, there have to regulations in place to ensure the public safety. Brad Pistotnik Law can help you if you have been injured in an accident with a large truck. Contact Brad Pistotnik Law now for a free consultation at 1-800-241-BRAD. Brad Wrote the book on it called Truck Accidents Kill available on Amazon.com.