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Regulations of Driver Fatigue Help Prevent South Dakota Truck Accidents


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2/14/2011
Dan Brendtro
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Driver fatigue poses a danger to all of those on the road. Drowsy truck drivers have slowed reaction times, a propensity to swerve off the road or veer into other lanes, and the ability to cause serious head-on or side-swipe collisions that lead to catastrophic injuries or loss of life for those involved.

Driver fatigue causes many South Dakota truck accidents. A recent study done by AAA shows that while 12 percent of all deadly crashes each year involve tractor-trailer trucks, 1 in 6 (16.5 percent) of these accidents involve at least one drowsy driver.

To try and reduce the number of serious South Dakota truck accidents caused by driver fatigue, there are numerous regulations. These laws stipulate that:
  • Drivers cannot go more than 60 hours in any 7-day period without taking at least 34 hours off. 
  • Drivers cannot go for more than 14 consecutive hours without 10 hours off duty.
  • Drivers cannot operate their trucks unless they take an 8-hour period in their sleeper berths each 24-hour period, if they are equipped with one.

While many trucking companies adhere to these regulations, many others do not. The latter group requires their drivers to take on unrealistic schedules, getting behind the wheel when they are drowsy or overly fatigued. These drivers may cause serious South Dakota truck wrecks.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a South Dakota truck accident that was caused by a negligent driver, then you may be eligible to recover damages from the crash. This financial compensation may cover your medical bills, ongoing care, missed time at work, and much more.

Call the South Dakota truck accident attorneys of Zimmer, Duncan & Cole today at (877) 789-5238 to learn more about your legal rights and schedule a free consultation. We have offices in Sioux Falls and Parker, SD.

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