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Sleep deprivation for truckers: A real problem

Tight deadlines and busy schedules are making life more difficult than ever before on the nation's truckers. Unfortunately, this often leads to a variety of health concerns, including sleep deprivation.

Despite rules in place that govern how long a trucker can drive without taking a rest, some continue to break the law in an attempt to make better time. As a result, there is a greater chance of this person causing an accident.

Here are a few ways truckers and trucking companies are fighting against the problem of sleep deprivation:

  • Motor Carrier Training Program. Thanks to this training program, drivers have a clear idea of the rules that govern the industry and how to drive in a safe and legal manner at all times.
  • Electronic logs. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), all truck and bus companies are required to use electronic logging devices. Paper logs, which are easier to tweak and difficult to monitor, are no longer good enough.
  • Lane departure alarms. Just the same as today's most modern passenger vehicles, lane departure technology alerts a trucker if he or she is drifting out of his or her lane of travel.

For many years, sleep deprivation has been a major concern in the trucking industry. This remains a problem in today's day and age, with the end result often being a serious accident.

If you are part of an accident with a sleep deprived trucker, it's important to learn more about your legal rights and the cause of the crash. You will want to take all the right steps to protect yourself after the accident.

Source: Planet Freight, "How To Prevent Sleep Deprivation For Truckers," accessed Jan. 04, 2018

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