by Alissa C. Atkins, Esq.

Since actor Tracy Morgan was critically injured in a motor vehicle accident after a truck rear-ended his limousine following a late night comedy show, many media outlets have expressed concern over “driver fatigue,” resulting in a fear that truck drivers operating on limited rest may cause or contribute to highway crashes. While any driver can become exhausted after driving for long periods of time, professional drivers are generally better trained than the average highway commuter. Of course, the damage a large truck can inflict is greater than that of a small passenger car, which is why these accidents seem to be more in the news lately.

Despite highly publicized accidents such as this, truck driving is a highly regulated industry subject to extensive federal laws. Further, the majority of work-related trucking injury claims tend to be for sprains and strains of the low back, neck and upper extremities which do not stem from collisions. According to the New York Times, Senator Susanne Collins of Maine is pushing for further investigation into the trucking industry’s regulations to prevent further injuries to all drivers. We will keep you posted on any significant developments.