More Money, More Problems
In order to make enough money to pay their bills and support their families, truckers often drive when they are not supposed to. Legally, truck drivers are required to drive no more than 11 hours, with this drive time followed by a 10 hour break. While this sounds like a reasonable requirement, truckers point out that running legal is nearly impossible. Any time a driver is stuck in traffic, at a weigh station, or is waiting for a load to arrive, he is not earning money. Truckers only make money when they are moving. This tempts many truck drivers to break the law, drive beyond the legal limits, and drive when overly tired.
Solutions Are Hard to Come By
Unfortunately, the issue is systemic. Only a few large trucking companies pay well enough to encourage truckers to rest when they need to and not drive when tired. Too many push their drivers beyond their limits, asking them to engage in dangerous driving behaviors.
At the Hart Law Firm we understand the challenges that truck drivers face. However, we have seen the devastating impact that large truck crashes have on motorists. Hopefully, emerging safety legislation and sleep apnea studies will help drivers make the right choices, get the sleep they need, and avoid a serious Dallas trucking crash.