Since 2003, truck drivers have been limited to 11 hours on the road per every 14-hour period of duty. However, time spent at a loading dock or stuck in traffic also counts toward these hours. For this reason, it is not uncommon for drivers to say that deliveries happened faster than they did. That means that certain records are inaccurate as those truckdrivers spent more time on the road than they were allowed. In fact, the largest number of violations issued by police during truck inspections involve driving logs.
Accurate record-keeping on the road is important for safety reasons. Because of this, federal and state officials have given truckers until December to install electronic monitors that keep track of their time on the road. The goal is to make highways safer for everyone by enforcing the number of hours drivers are limited to.
It is believed that fatigue is one of the major causes of truck accidents. And, with the mass and rigidity of such heavy vehicles, the outcome can be deadly serious, so the risk to both the truck driver and other drivers on the road is much higher.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), heavy trucks are involved in nearly one in eight fatal crashes. In work zones, one in four fatal crashes involves a heavy truck. It is only logical that the combination of fatigue and excessive speed can contribute to truck accidents.
If you were injured in a truck accident, please call the New Jersey truck accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP at 732-777-0100. You can also contact us online. We can help you recover the financial compensation you need and deserve. Our offices are conveniently located in in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, and we represent clients throughout the state of New Jersey.