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NTSB Calls for Transportation Safety Improvements

Virginia Truck Accident Attorney | Richard J. SerpeA new wish list of safety improvements has been released by the National Transportation Safety Bureau. The list includes:

Drowsy driving has indeed become more and more of a problem in recent years. In fact, a recent survey conducted by AAA found that 43 percent of participants had fallen asleep at the wheel at least once in their lives.

This problem is exacerbated by the trucking industry’s grueling hours and large loads. When a passenger vehicle crashes because a driver has fallen asleep, it can be dangerous. When a truck crashes because its driver has nodded off, it is often fatal. The size of the average passenger car and the average commercial tractor trailer makes all difference. Nodding off for a moment can be incredibly risky for any driver, but the average car or SUV can be corrected and recovered fairly quickly. Trucks, which struggle to stop quickly, don’t have that same luxury. Given the nature of the job, truck drivers are also more likely to be at the wheel while tired.

Thankfully, truck driver fatigue is being addressed by our lawmakers. New electronic logging devices can track driver data like hours and miles driven. These devices are now required for all commercial trucks. Other plans to prevent fatigue are also in place, like the mandated breaks required of drivers behind the wheel more than 10 hours in a row.

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