Semi-truck driver fatigue is a problem—a very big and dangerous problem. No one will argue that truckers don't have a tough job: long hours, sleep deprivation, fatigue, pressure to deliver loads on time or early, delivering more loads than ever before, etc. However, the bi-product of these demands often leads to serious injury or death. Research has shown that every hour a trucker spends behind the wheel increases the chances that they will cause a serious semi-truck accident.
Indianapolis serves as a hub and a passageway for thousands of semis using I-465, I-74, and I-65 as a transportation route to cities like Chicago and St. Louis. And while Indiana may be considered the Crossroads of America, we're also a breeding ground for accidents involving semi-trucks. It's a fact that we—as semi-truck accident lawyers—can easily verify.
Is Anything Being Done to Stop Tired Truckers From Driving?
Yes. On July 1, 2013, revised Hours-of-Service Regulations took effect, stating that interstate commercial truck drivers won't be allowed to drive more than 11 hours or be on duty for more than 14 hours after a 10-hour break. Further, semi-drivers cannot drive after accruing 60 work hours during a 7-day period or 70 work hours during an 8-day period. The driver may restart the 7- or 8-day period after taking 34 or more hours off.
The problem: studies show that these regulations are commonly violated. The regulations currently allow truckers to record their hours in a written logbook, which semi-truck drivers refer to as "comic books" because of how easily and commonly they are falsified.
The "comic book" is only one piece of evidence that needs to be examined by your attorney. There are several factors that exist in a semi-truck case that don't present themselves in ordinary car accidents. Remember, there is nothing ordinary about an accident with a semi-truck. You need an attorney with experience handling truck accident cases.