The official advice from the Department for Transport is that all motorists should take 15-minute breaks every two hours on long distance trips to avoid collisions and accidents caused by fatigue. This advice is particularly applicable to lorry drivers carrying loads across the country. It is important for lorry drivers to take breaks during long journeys as without doing so they run the risk of causing serious accidents.
Accident Advice Helpline strives to advise UK residents on safety protocol in a bid to minimise the number of accidents caused by human error. We have over 15 years of experience as personal injury claims specialists and look to put this to good use by helping injured people claim against guilty parties. With lorry drivers having to drive across the country to deliver various goods, they expose themselves and others to the risk of mistakes made by exhaustion.
How can long distance trips be made safer?
We understand that lorry drivers’ jobs require them to complete deliveries by certain times, but these deliveries won’t ever be completed if they are involved in fatal accidents because they failed to take breaks during long journeys. Rushing to complete a delivery is just as dangerous as not taking breaks as it is likely to result in mistakes being made.
Britain’s motorways are littered with places for lorry drivers to stop and drink some coffee before resuming their journey. Stopping every two hours for a minimum of fifteen minutes will allow lorry drivers to rest enough so that errors won’t be made due to fatigue on the road. Fatigue slows reaction time and means that when someone else brakes in front of them, they will not have their wits about them not to ram into them and cause serious damage.
Have you been the victim of a lorry driver’s failure to take breaks during long journeys?
Fatigue might be natural but it’s down to the lorry driver to control how long he drives for and when he stops for a rest. If a lorry driver crashes into you, there is every chance that you have suffered serious injuries. People have been known to suffer spinal cord injuries and broken bones among others in collisions with lorries. If you have suffered an injury due to a lorry driver’s fatigue or because he was on his phone, call our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 and from your mobile on 0333 500 0993 to discuss your claim.
Date Published: February 20, 2017
Author: Accident Advice