The FMCSA has implemented hours of service for truck drivers, which puts limitations on how many hours truckers can be on the road each day. During the 14-hour “on duty” period, drivers are allowed to drive their truck for up to 11 total hours. Once truckers have reached their 11-hour limit, they must be off duty for 10 consecutive hours to rest before getting back behind the wheel. Should drivers fail to adhere to such regulations, it can put other drivers at risk.
The effects of truck driver fatigue can include: