Drowsy driving is dangerous under any circumstances, but it is especially dangerous when New Jersey operators of semi-trucks drive while fatigued. If they fall asleep at the wheel, the sheer size of their vehicle could make any resulting truck accident catastrophic. For this reason, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has regulations that limit how long a commercial trucker can be behind the wheel before having to take a rest break.
Drowsy driving is a safety hazard on New Jersey roads, especially when it comes to semi-trucks. After all, in a truck accident between an 80,000-pound semi-truck and a 2,000-pound automobile, the laws of physics generally mean that the automobile and its occupants will come off worse for wear. Because of these dangers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued hours of service regulations that dictate how long a semi-truck driver may be on the road before taking a rest break.
All motorists in New Jersey must drive with due care, but this is especially true for those driving semi-trucks. This is because, when it comes to truck accidents, a standard 2,000-pound automobile is simply no match for an 80,000-pound fully loaded semi-truck. And, unfortunately, these types of accidents seem to be becoming more common.
While semi-trucks are an important part of commerce in New Jersey and nationwide, businesses that utilize them are ultimately looking to make a profit and those who drive them do so to get a paycheck. Thus, either for their own monetary gain or that of their employer, semi-truck drivers are often incentivized to make as many deliveries as possible as quickly as possible. However, this could lead semi-truck drivers to drive negligently.