Truck drivers are far too often involved in serious and life-changing accidents. Sometimes these wrecks even claim lives, which is why regulators care about doing everything they can to curb accidents.
Trucking accidents have some of the most devastating consequences of all vehicle accidents around the country. Unfortunately, truckers are often under tremendous pressure to deliver their load in an appropriate time frame, but trucking deaths have been directly related to truckers racing the clock.
These truckers are accused of trying to beat the federal rule that mandates a rest break after driving for eight hours. Truckers that are trying to beat the clock, mandating their rest break, could be contributed to the higher numbers of fatalities for crashes involving trucking accidents.
Deaths from large truck accidents reached their highest level in the last 30 years in 2017, according to research collected and presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many drivers feel like they have no choice but to make their deliveries as quickly as possible. Many of these drivers have turned to hitting the maximum permissible speeds on their trucks to make up some time.
Large truck fatalities increased by 9% across 2017 and approximately 1300 of those fatalities were truckers but the remaining 72% of people who lost their lives were non-truckers. Regulators are currently considering modifications to existing trucking rules. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, for example, is currently looking at more than 5,200 comments made in relation to changes about the hours of service rule.
The potential update that received the most comments was the one about a thirty-minute break rule required. Truckers who do speed could significantly increase their chances of being involved in a catastrophic or fatal accident and are getting caught and ticketed more often. However, speed has been responsible for a decreasing number of fatal crashes involving big rigs in the last few years.