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Are long trucker commutes endangering motorists?

Commuting times have increased for Alabama workers across multiple industries, and the trucking industry is no exception. As the trucking field has grown, so has the distance between many major metropolitan areas and affordable housing options, which means many truckers now face commutes in excess of 150 minutes. Unfortunately, longer trucker commutes have negative effects on trucker performance, which endangers not only the truckers themselves, but also you and everyone else on the roadway.

Per TruckingInfo.com, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is looking into conducting a survey that would help answer questions about just how much long commutes impact truckers and roadway safety. The agency noted that long commutes can affect trucker performance in a number of ways, with one of the more notable being that long commutes enhance trucker fatigue. Long commutes mean semi-truck drivers have less time for rest, recreation and family, which in turn leads to excessive fatigue, which can impact safety considerably.

Long commutes also have negative effects on driver health. According to one study involving more than 4,000 adults, those with longer commutes were less physically fit than their peers with shorter commutes, and they were also more likely to have poor heart health and related problems. They were also more likely to have high blood pressure or excess weight than their shorter-commute counterparts. Poor overall health and excessive fatigue on their own have the capacity to contribute to trucking accidents, but when both factors are present, safety becomes even more compromised.

While this information about the dangers posed by long trucker commutes is informative, it is not a replacement for legal advice.

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