New Research Study to Determine Whether Truckers Can Have Relaxed Sleeping Regulations

It is well-known that trucking accidents are some of the most common and deadly across not just California but the United States. According to government research, more than 30,000 individuals die on highways annually every single year, and accidents involving larger trucks are responsible for about 1 in 7 of those fatalities.

Federal trucking regulations have been a focus of the national attention over the last 20 years, and a new research study to be completed by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute will determine whether more freedom and flexibility could be infused into those regulations without impacting safety.

The new research study is part of a partnership with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and it will explore the experiences of 200 long-haul truck drivers who will not be required to commit to the consecutive 8 hour sleeping requirement in their truck cab. Recent news stories such as the Walmart driver who seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan in New Jersey have led Congress and members of the public to be more concerned about trucker safety.

One of the most important regulations being explored in this study is that involving sleeper berths. Compartments in the truck cabs where drivers sleep are currently an important part of their rest procedure. In 2008, changes were made to the law to require that truckers spend a minimum of 8 of their 10 hours of in-cab requirement in the berth during just one period. The research study will explore whether or not it makes a difference to have 8 hours in one particular period or not. If you or someone you know has been injured in a trucking accident, getting medical help as soon as possible could make a big difference on your ability to heal and move on with your life.

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