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Get Some Sleep or Get Off The Road: Avoiding Truck Accidents

By admin

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Truck accidents involving tractor-trailers and commercial vehicles have always been a concern in New Jersey. As a commercial vehicle, these trucks are responsible for transporting goods all across the country. However, due to the size of the vehicles and their weight, they can become very dangerous to other motorists.

One concern that commercial drivers face is lack of sleep. This is an issue with standard motor vehicles as well, but it poses are larger risk when a large tractor-trailer truck is involved that is capable of doing serious damage. Under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, a driver of a commercial vehicle is not permitted to operate the vehicle without adequate rest.

In particular, sec. 392.3 reads “no driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle, and a motor carrier shall not require or permit a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle, while the driver’s ability or alertness is so impaired, or so likely to become impaired, through fatigue, illness, or any other cause, as to make it unsafe for him/her to begin or continue to operate the commercial motor vehicle”.

This federal regulation is designed not only to protect the commercial driver from injury but also other motorists on the road. Studies have shown that driving while tired is as dangerous if not more dangerous than drinking and driving. Driving while tired is something you wouldn’t want to do it in a standard vehicle, much less a commercial motor vehicle with thousands and thousands of pounds behind it.

To avoid these potentially dangerous truck accidents, drivers should make sure to get adequate rest before driving and motor carriers should institute policies that require drivers to do so. If a driver doesn’t get enough sleep, it can be dangerous for everyone. So get some rest or get off the road.