Fatigued driving is a serious problem. Being tired slows down a person's brain, just like being drunk. That's why the risk of a crash doubles after driving for eight consecutive hours. Yet the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) currently requires only that truck drivers stop driving after eleven hours of consecutive driving. (Trucking corporations don't like these limits because it slows down their trucks and hurts their profits.) In fact, under the Bush
administration the FMCSA actually raised this limit from a safer limit.
The FMCSA recently reconsidered its trucking rules and received public comments on the issue. The American Association for Justice (the largest American organization for trial lawyers suing on behalf of individuals hurt by others' negligence) as well as consumer groups including Public Citizen and Advocates for Highway Safety , urged FMCSA to at least lower the truck driving limit to ten consecutive hours. These groups noted that every year, 4,000 people are killed in trucking accidents, and driver fatigue contributes to as many as 40% of these crashes. Hopefully, the FMCSA will reconsider its rules in the near future, and change its driving limits in order to save lives.
If you or a loved one was injured in a tractor trailer accident caused by the negligence of another, please contact the attorneys at the law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.