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How does truck driving fatigue impact HOS laws?

Large trucks, such as semi-trucks and tractor-trailer trucks are essential for intrastate and interstate commerce to be successful. Thus, many motorists often share the road with many of these vehicles traveling long and short distances. Truck drivers are trained to safely operate these vehicles and to follow federal trucking regulations. Despite this training, truck drivers are compelled to work long hours to make more money and to comply with a trucking companies need to meet deadlines.

The need to make shipments on time or ahead of schedule tends to question whether truck drivers are complying with hours of service regulations. It also begs to question whether these drivers are overworked and possibly fatigued behind the wheel, as this poses serious risks for truck accidents.

How does truck driving fatigue impact HOS laws? A technology was designed to help understand truck driver fatigue and how to better manage working conditions and monitor driver fatigue better. Drivers would wear a cap with sensors, which are used to measure the brainwaves of the truck driver. It was found that there are patterns that show fatigue over times.

The data collected from this device could help with understanding fatigue and its impact on the trucking industry. This information could also assist with determining the best hours of service protocols. As truck accidents are still a major concern for the industry and others traveling on the roadways, finding ways to better regulate the industry it vital.

Those harmed in a truck crash should take the time to understand the cause of the crash. A fatigued truck driver could have crossed the line or even fell asleep at the wheel, resulting in a collision. A personal injury action could help establish cause and prove liability, helping a victim recover compensation for their losses.

Source: Cdllife.com, "Truck driver fatigue can now be monitored by brainwave reading Smartcaps," Nov. 3, 2017

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