Truck Driver Fatigue Is At The Heart Of A Deadly Matter
Proposed Driver Fatigue Rules Make Highways More Deadly
Under current United States Department of Transportation regulations for commercial truck driver fatigue, which I believe is the base cause of almost every trucking accident on the roadways of the United States, drivers are limited as to a certain number of hours they drive before the must rest. (Maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Also a thirty minute break within the previous 8 hours.) I don’t intend to get into a treatise on commercial truck accidents, the deadly facts are shocking, but I wanted to give you all a heads up about something that completely baffles me.
That said, the Trump Administration is proposing new rules relating to driver fatigue but instead of reducing the hours as the highway scientists suggest, they want to extend those hours. It doesn’t take a data scientist to figure out we are exacerbating an already far to deadly situation on our highways.
Who benefits by that ruling? Who are the losers?
If you are interested in learning more about this situation I suggest this Press Release from the American Association of Justice (AAJ) is a good starting point. The AAJ works to preserve the constitutional right to trial by jury and to make sure people have a fair chance to receive justice through the legal system when they are injured by the negligence or misconduct of others—even when it means taking on the most powerful corporations. If you don’t know about the AAJ please check them out.