The 2018 Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Road check, a three-day inspection event across North America, focused on hours-of-service compliance. Four main issues that the CVSA were focusing on were:
- False logs
- No record of duty status. (Officially reporting as being on-duty or off-duty.)
- Operating past a 14-hour day
- Driving over 60/70 hours in 7/8 days
Truck driver fatigue is a contributing factor in 13 percent of truck accidents, according to the FMCSA. Truck accidents caused by fatigued drivers can result in life-altering injuries like paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, and other conditions requiring extensive medical care, rehabilitation, and adjusting to a new reality.
Truck drivers can be held liable in a civil personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit if they remain on the road without taking appropriate rest or meal breaks. Falling asleep behind the wheel, or being too tired to focus appropriately, is a sign of negligence.
Trucking companies could be held vicariously liable for their employees’ negligent actions if the negligence occurred within the scope of employment. If a driver skips a required break due to rushing to make a delivery for his or her employer on time, the employer could be held accountable. The injured person may receive compensation for medical expenses, loss of income, diminished earning capacity, and pain and suffering from those found responsible.