Japanese answer to truck driver fatigue
Kyoto, Japan, 3/6/06.
The Japanese have found an effective deterrent to trucking companies pushing drivers to drive even when severely fatigued. Police arrested the head of a trucking company and one of his deputies Monday on suspicion of ordering an overworked tanker truck driver to continue driving prior to a fatal road accident on Feb. 13 for which the driver was alleged to be responsible.
That won’t add to compensation for the victim’s family, but I bet some trucking company CEO’s will sit up and take notice. If that were done in the US, we might see a reduction in the fatality and injury rates involving truck wrecks.
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).