Driver Fatigue Can Make Trucks Dangerous

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Posted: May 3, 2016

The large size and minimal handling capabilities of 18-wheelers make them a nightmare for anyone concerned about truck accidents. Trucking companies work to minimize the potential damage these trucks can cause by hiring skilled professional drivers to handle them. However, the realities of modern trucking can turn even skilled drivers into potential dangers to others.

According to the Ministry of Transportation, driver fatigue is a serious issue for general road users and commercial drivers alike. The government has passed laws that prevent drivers from spending too much time on the road and causing a crash due to fatigue.

According to these laws, drivers south of latitude 60ºN must:

  • Drive no more than 13 hours in a day.
  • Not drive after accumulating 14 hours of on-duty time.
  • Rest for a period of at least 8 consecutive hours before driving again.
  • Stop driving if 16 hours have elapsed since the last rest period.

Drivers north of latitude 60º must:

  • Drive no more than 15 hours in a day.
  • Not drive after accumulating 18 hours of on-duty time.
  • Take at least 8 hours’ off-duty time before driving again.
  • Stop driving if more than 20 hours have elapsed since the last on-duty period.

However, it is all too normal for drivers south of the 60th parallel to ignore these regulations and drive beyond the limits of their own fatigue. Often, these violations are the result of a culture in the trucking industry that routinely pressures drivers to hit certain deadlines no matter what.

If you were injured in a collision with a truck, or a loved one was seriously injured or killed, the Vancouver truck accident lawyers at Stephens & Holman can work to help ensure that you receive proper compensation for pain and suffering, treatment costs, lost wages, and other expenses associated with the collision. For a free legal consultation, call us at 604-730-4120 today.