The Transportation Department is considering proposals that would loosen federal regulations regarding how long a semi-truck driver may operate their vehicle before taking a rest break. While some in the industry see this as a positive move, others in Burlington County may be concerned that easing regulations could lead to truck driver fatigue and, subsequently, truck accidents caused by drowsy driving.
The trucking industry is vital to the economy in Burlington County and across the U.S. It permits goods to be transported from one end of the nation to another, building business profits and making many different goods available to consumers at any time of the year. However, the presence of semi-trucks on our streets and highways can pose a danger to all on the road.
It is not uncommon for drivers to experience fatigue from time to time. A New Jersey resident may be in the middle of a long trip when they begin to feel exhaustion creep into their body and sleepiness pull on their eyes. When feelings of tiredness hit a driver, it can be a wise decision for them to stop, get some rest, and allow their body to recover so that it may get back behind the wheel at a later time.
At their most basic levels, large trucks and commercial vehicles are pretty similar to their smaller counterparts. Personal vehicles and big trucks have engines that make them move and wheels on which they roll. They have compartments for drivers and passengers to sit in and they have storage spaces in which cargo and other items may be carried.
When smaller vehicles and large trucks are involved in roadway accidents, it is often the individuals in the smaller automobiles that suffer significant injuries and losses. New Jersey residents familiar with the Bravo show, "Blood, Sweat and Heels," may remember star, Melyssa Ford and may be shocked to learn that she was recently involved in a dangerous crash with a semi.
Texting and driving is dangerous for any motorist. Though it may not be uncommon for New Jersey drivers to see other individuals flipping through their smart phones as they cruise down the road, individuals who allow their handheld devices to take over their attention while they drive are putting themselves and others in danger. State laws prohibit such conduct in private drivers, but federal regulations bar certain commercial drivers from texting and driving as well.
Would it surprise you to learn that the No. 1 predictor of a fatal trucking accident is simply the number of commercial trucks that are on the road?