Split sleep schedule proves beneficial for truckers

By | Truck Accidents

While a solid eight or more hours of sleep continues to be the optimal choice for all, a recent study shows a split schedule of sleep is more beneficial than a solid stretch of sleep during the daytime hours. This study may specifically interest those in the truck driving industry, or those who drive tractor-trailers in Tennessee as well as other states, because they are under strict regulations regarding sleep hours. While these regulations are intended to increase safety for everyone on the roadways and reduce the number of truck accidents, the study’s results may show that changes should be…

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FMCSA Shuts Down Dangerous Tennessee Trucking Company

By | Truck Accidents

When most people think about truck accidents, they usually look to place blame on a negligent driver. In many cases, though, the accident can be traced to negligence on the part of the trucking company itself. Trucking companies are responsible not only for making sure that vehicles are properly maintained in safe working condition, but also for ensuring that their drivers are competent and well-trained. Trucking companies that do not comply with safety regulations can be shut down by the federal government. Late last month, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shuttered a Tennessee trucking company out of concerns it…

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Sleepy Tennessee Truck Drivers at the Heart of New FMCSA Hours-of-Service Rules

By | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Drowsy or fatigued driving leads to over 100,000 motor vehicle accidents each year, killing 1,550 people and causing over 40,000 injuries according to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA). Both NHTSA and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are working to prevent fatal car accidents and other motor vehicle crashes that result in injury by focusing on preventing fatigued driving. The FMCSA recently announced new rules related to hours of service for truck drivers, aimed specifically at curbing drowsy driving of semi- and other cargo-trucks. The current 11-hour daily limitation on truck drivers will remain, but limits on hours worked per…

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