Hours of service compliance not enough to avoid sleep deprivation
The hours of service rule — either the new rule or the old rule — is not enough to assure truck driver alertness, even if the rule is followed.
Mark Rosekind, Ph.D., who formerly led the Fatigue Countermeasures Program at NASA Ames Research Center, and now runs Alertness Solutions, a scientific consulting firm that addresses the safety and performance needs of 24-7 operations, says the new HOS rule is better aligned with circadian rhythms than the old rule. However, he states the obvious fact that “You can mandate the time off, but you can’t control what people do during their time off.” He suggests strategies in four areas:
The Shigley Law Firm represents plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic injury cases statewide in Georgia, and in other states subject to the multijurisdictional practice and pro hac vice rules in each state. Ken Shigley was designated as a “SuperLawyer” in Atlanta Magazine and one of the “Legal Elite” in Georgia Trend Magazine. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Chair of the Southeastern Motor Carrier Liability Institute and former chair of the Georgia Insurance Law Institute. He particularly focuses on cases arising from truck wrecks and accidents (tractor trailers truck wrecks, semi truck wrecks,18 wheeler truck wrecks, big rig truck wrecks, log truck wrecks, dump truck wrecks).