Driving for too many hours causes driver fatigue and considerably raises the risk of accidents. This is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set driving limits for truck drivers, known as hours-of-service rules.
But catching truck drivers who exceed the legal limit can be tricky. In the State of Washington, highway cameras are helping to catch drivers who remain behind the wheel longer than the limit of 11 hours a day, reports KIMA TV. The cameras capture photos of license plates, which are used to track trucking hours. Since the cameras were installed a year ago, driving-over-limit citations have increased by 42 percent.
While it’s too early to determine whether the cameras have reduced trucking accidents, it is clear that driving drowsy is dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that at least 100,000 crashes a year are directly related to drowsy driving, resulting in 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in losses.
A crash involving a large truck can be particularly dangerous. In New York State alone, 11,648 large truck crashes in 2011 led to 96 deaths and 5,505 injuries, according to NY DMV.
If you or a family member has been injured because of the negligence of another driver, in a truck or car, let us fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact the offices of the New York City truck accident attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C. Call 212-279-2000 or send us a quick message today.