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What you should know about drowsy truckers on the road

In Texas and across the nation, Americans rely on large trucks to deliver essential goods. It is crucial that there are quality, well-trained truck drivers on the road to maneuver these giant vehicles through traffic and ensure you and everyone is kept safe on the road. Large trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and may pose a serious danger to other vehicles and people if they are not handled correctly. In an attempt to minimize the number of people who are killed and injured in large truck accidents across the country, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration posed regulations on how long a trucker can stay behind the wheel before taking a rest or break.

The problem lies in the fact that a number of truckers ignore the hours of service regulations and spend more time driving in an attempt to increase their paycheck or to meet tight deadlines when delivering goods. Furthermore, there is a shortage of truck drivers in the United States, causing trucking companies to keep their truckers out on the road for extended periods of time to keep up with heavy delivery demands. All of these issues are a direct contributor to the problem of drowsy truckers on the road.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,213 people across the nation lost their lives in large truck accidents in 2016. Approximately 539 of those fatalities occurred in Texas. Many may have been prevented if truckers followed the hours of service regulations and avoided driving while drowsy.

This information is intended to educate and should not be taken as legal advice.

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