In July 2013, the Hours of Services rules for truckers changed. One of the rules that changed assured truckers that they would have the hours of 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. off at least twice a week. The purpose of this provision—and the other parts of the rule—was to reduce truck driver fatigue and related truck accidents.
But Is it Working?
The rule may sound good, but in order to prevent serious car accidents in the Metro Kansas City area and around the country, it is important to know for sure whether the rule is working. Accordingly, the U.S. Department of Transportation recently released information about an independent study.
The study looked at the effectiveness of the current Hours of Service rules for truckers and found that truckers who had two nighttime rest periods that included the hours of 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.:
- Had fewer lapses in attention while driving
- Reported less sleepiness
- Drove with less lane deviation
According to the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, : “…this new study shows more data-driven evidence that our safety standards help truckers stay well-rested, alert and focused on the road….The hours-of-service rule is helping to reduce truck driver fatigue and making every traveler on our highways and roads safer.”
Some, but Not All, Accidents Are Being Avoided
Hours of Service rules for truckers may help reduce some fatigue related truck accidents in the Greater Kansas City area, but some crashes are still occurring. If you have been hurt in a truck wreck on I-435 or any other Kansas or Missouri road then you deserve to know what to do next. You should speak with an experienced truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call us directly at 816.471.5111 for your free consultation today.