Commercial truck drivers in Wyoming and the rest of the country should make sure that they are able to get enough sleep before getting on the road. Drowsy driving is believed to result in at least 100,000 motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States, and due to their substantial weight and size, the most dangerous vehicles that can be involved in these accidents are big rigs.
Commercial truckers have a higher risk than other drivers in this regard. Constant pressure from employers, rushing to meet tight deadlines and excessive hours on the road can all result in drowsing driving. Truckers who are on a tight schedule to deliver goods may not have the luxury of pulling off to the side of the road to rest until they are able to drive safely again. Instead, truckers feel compelled to remain on the road while they are drowsy, increasing the danger for occupants of other vehicles.
To address the issue of truckers overworking themselves, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration designed the hours of service schedule to which all commercial motor vehicle drivers must adhere. Drivers who are transporting property cargo are permitted to drive for no more than 11 hours and only after they have been off duty for 10 uninterrupted hours. No drivers are allowed to drive for more than 14 consecutive hours.
A personal injury attorney may pursue financial compensation on behalf of clients who have been injured in a trucking accident caused by a sleep-deprived commercial truck driver. In some cases, the trucking company itself can be held financially responsible for the losses that have been incurred.