Hours of Service Rules and Truck Accidents
A driver who is fatigued may be just as much of a hazard on South Carolina’s roads as a motorist who is drunk. Truck drivers spend many hours behind the wheel and can become tired and “zone out” or even fall asleep.
As much as 13 percent of truck drivers are described as being fatigued at the time of a truck accident, making driver fatigue the sixth leading factor associated with truck accidents caused by driver behavior, according to a federal study of large truck crash causes.
There are strict rules in place to limit the number of hours truckers can drive in order to reduce the risk of fatigue-related crashes. Truck drivers do not always obey these rules. When they disobey the maximum hours-of-service rules, truckers may be held responsible for crashes that result from their fatigue.