Truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, and many accidents are preventable. One common cause of preventable truck accidents is driver fatigue. Lack of proper rest can be a problem for any motorist, of course, but truck drivers are particularly prone to fatigue because of long hours on the road and industry pressure to maximize productivity.
Federal regulators, in order to address the problem of truck driver fatigue, have implemented a set of regulations known as the Hours of Service Rules. These rules apply to all commercial motor vehicles meeting certain criteria. The rules vary slightly depending on whether the vehicle carries property or passengers.