Improving Truck Driving Safety Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the causes behind truck driver fatigue and accidents.
# 145920 | 1,274 words | 4 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 07, 2010 in Business (Industries) , Medical and Health (First Aid and Safety)

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The paper examines why truck drivers apparently knowingly ignore the driving regulations that have been put in place for their safety as well as the safety of others. The paper discusses how companies profit from keeping their drivers on the road longer, while truck drivers may be anxious to reach their homes for holidays or weekends and will therefore drive too many hours. The paper also discusses how companies will often ignore their responsibilities regarding truck maintenance. The paper looks at several studies on truck safety and emphasizes that driver fatigue is a major safety issue for truck drivers themselves, for the public and for truck companies who can be sued for truck accidents.

From the Paper:

"The trucking industry in the United States has grown exponentially with the expansion of the country and its increasing needs for physical resources. Truck drivers therefore play a vital role in the functioning of the country. On the other hand, however, these drivers have also begun to cause a danger for their fellow road users. Truck driver fatigue has for example become an extensive problem not only for the drivers themselves, but also as this affects the safety of those sharing the road with them. The problem has reached such serious proportions, that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has legally instituted a regulation in 2003 to limit the hours that truckers spend on the road (Munley, Munley & Cartwright, 2009). The problem however remains that, both personal, professional and political factors make it difficult for truck drivers to maintain a sensible cycle of work and sleep hours."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Baker, Max. (2006). Recent court cases raise questions about trucking safety. Truck Safety Coalition.
  • Munley, Munley & Cartwright (2009). Truck Driver Fatigue & Tractor Trailer Accidents.
  • Roetting, M., Huang Y.H., McDevitt, J.R. & Melton, J.R. (2004). Truck drivers' attitudes and opinions towards feedback by in-vehicle technology. Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, USA.
  • Sabbagh-Ehrlich, S., Friedman, L., Richter E.D. (2005). Working conditions and fatigue in professional truck drivers at Israeli ports. Injury Prevention, Vol. 11.

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