As a truck accident attorney, I have been pleased to see that truck driver fatigue awareness is beginning to get the public’s attention. The recent and tragic accident involving the comedian Tracy Morgan appears to have brought this important increase in public awareness about truck driver fatigue to a whole new level. Hopefully this added public scrutiny will lead to stricter regulation and enforcement of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Hours of Service for truck drivers.
Truck Driver Fatigue Awareness in the News
The New York Times ran a piece last month highlighting how the trucking industry is pushing back on the Hours of Service regulations (read this post we wrote on the topic) from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:
In June 2014, a Charlotte, N.C. based television station, WSOC-TV/TV64, highlighted the growing debate in Congress over the important safety issue of driver fatigue:
Following the deadly truck crash on I-88 in Illinois (that killed a highway employee), Chuck Goudie of ABC7 News in Chicago delved into the issues surrounding that crash, including driver fatigue.
Driver Fatigue Awareness in Op/Ed Articles
The Huffington Post recently ran an opinion piece by Lawrence J. Hanley, International President, Amalgamated Transit Union, who made it clear that driver fatigue is indeed no laughing matter.
The increased focus on driver fatigue awareness is even beginning to spread beyond the trucking industry.
Committed to Reducing Truck Driver Fatigue
As a truck accident lawyer, I am deeply committed to reducing the dangers associated with driver fatigue. Through my work helping clients who have been killed or severely injured in truck accidents, and through my membership on the National Advisory Board of APITLA, I believe that we can make our roads more safe through improved education, better legislation and aggressive litigation. I hope that the press coverage following the deadly crash involving Tracy Morgan brings some good from that tragedy.