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Restart Patterns For Truck Drivers

Steve Wagner

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is in the midst of an in-depth study to show the downfall or benefit of different rest patterns for truck drivers. The study analyzes the differences in safety performance and fatigue between drivers who take advantage of their designated 34-hour restart periods by resting twice, versus those who just rest once during that time.

The study is just beginning this month, and will analyze patterns of multiple drivers over the next five months, comparing “safety critical events” (or SCE’s), such as crashes, near-crashes, and crash-relevant conflicts, the alertness and fatigue of drivers, and eventually, the health of the drivers after the five month span.

The study will include different types of drivers for different types of vehicles, including flat-bed, refrigerated, tank, and dry-van trucks, as well as the distances being driven, time of day, familiarity of roads, and more.

The goal is to help determine the usefulness of the 34-hour restart period, and potentially influence better legislation for roadway safety and crash prevention regarding drowsy driving accidents. We hope to keep you updated as the results of this study come out.

In the meantime, if you have been injured by a negligent or fatigued big-rig driver, the truck accident attorneys at Wagner Reese are here to assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve. Call us today at (888) 204-8440 to schedule a free consultation.


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