In addition to the NHTSA information, a new campaign initiated to help raise awareness about the problem, which transportation safety advocates say is one that the American driving public overlooks on a broad scale has garnered widespread attention and re-sparked conversations about drowsy driving among commercial truck drivers. According to Texas truck wreck lawyer Amy Witherite, the conversation that began following a fatal truck crash involving celebrity Tracy Morgan two years ago has been refueled in part by the Change.org campaign, which allows people to take an online pledge to not drive if they feel sleepy.
Says Witherite, “many of those commenting about the campaign are truck drivers who admit to frequently driving while fatigued. This type of admission is necessary to help illustrate how commonplace it is for truckers to fail to follow protocol when it comes to driving while fatigued. Witherite says that truck driver fatigue is a leading cause of truck accidents in the U.S. overall, and the number of injury cases handled by her firm help provide supporting evidence of this fact. “Since our firm opened, we have received too many cases to count that involved truck drivers driving for extended hours and causing a crash because of their compromised performance ability.”
According to the attorney, there are three key issues that allow such bad judgments to go widely unchecked within the commercial truck industry:
- Lack of oversight of hours worked – “Although government regulations have been imposed that require truck drivers to limit the time traveled without sufficient rest breaks, and follow additional safety rules, many continue to take risks to meet unreasonable deadlines and attempt to earn more pay, “says Witherite.
- Companies that promote unreasonable deadlines – Witherite suggests that to increase revenue a number of trucking companies promote bending the rules and allowing drivers to go on long-haul commutes without ensuring they are taking a certain number of breaks.
- Need for stricter regulations – More controls would be helpful Witherite says for restricting truck driver habits like driving while fatigued that put the lives of many at risk at the state and federal level.
For help with a Texas truck accident case linked to drowsy driving, contact Eberstein Witherite by calling 1800 Truck Wreck (1800-878-2597) at any time of the day or night.