There are many contributing factors that can play a part in causing accidents involving commercial tractor-trailers, but one of the most preventable is drowsy driving. Our Roanoke truck accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm explain our nation has laws in place to combat this problem, but it seems as though the number of truck drivers choosing to ignore these regulations is on the rise.
Hours of service (HOS) regulations state truck drivers may not operate more than 70 hours on duty within an eight-day period. A driver may restart that eight day period only after taking 34 hours off duty with two periods between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. occurring during that time. Drivers are also limited to operating a truck for 11 hours only after taking a 10-hour break.
The number of drivers breaking these laws has been increasing steadily over the past several years. According to an article from Overdrive magazine, hours of service violations accounted for an average of 8.3 percent of all citations issued to truckers during 2012. The following year, that number increased to 9.3 percent. Last year, HOS citations made up an average of 10 percent of all trucking safety violations. This makes hours of service violations one of the leading reasons for truck safety violations in the U.S. today.
Our legal staff at Skolrood Law Firm understands the need for strict trucking industry regulations and is hopeful a solution can be found to the safety threat drowsy truck drivers can pose on the road.