Why Is Fatigue So Dangerous for Truck Drivers?
Driver fatigue is one of the most common causes of truck accidents in Minnesota and throughout the nation. To address the threat of driver fatigue to public safety, the federal government established strict regulations regarding the amount of time drivers can legally operate their trucks. You can visit the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s page for a more detailed summary of the law, but the important takeaway is that drivers can only operate their vehicles for 11 consecutive hours after at least 10 hours off the road.
However, many trucking companies do not follow these regulations and encourage their drivers to violate them by setting unrealistic standards.
Why is this dangerous for truck drivers and everyone who shares the road with them?
Fatigue slows down your body’s reaction times and impairs cognitive functions. When a driver is operating a massive commercial truck, he or she needs to be thinking clearly. The difference between a close call and a fatal accident can be a fraction of a second.
Breaking driving time regulations is negligent and unacceptable. That’s why GoldenbergLaw’s Minnesota truck accident lawyers are so passionate about pursuing cases resulting from driver fatigue. Not only do innocent victims deserve justice and compensation, accountability is the only way to ensure that trucking companies follow the law.
If you’re a Minnesota resident in need of an experienced truck accident lawyer, please contact GoldenbergLaw today for a free consultation.