One of the all-time classic truck driving songs is called "Six Days on the Road." Written and performed by Dave Dudley, the song has a timeless appeal. It is sung from the perspective of a truck driver who is bound and determined to get home to his woman after being on the road for what feels like a month.
It is jaunty tune and certainly captures the mood of a man who is eagerly anticipating finishing his time on the road. But the lyrics contain a few rather unnerving details. Throughout the course of the song, the driver tells of speeding, taking little white pills to stay away and even failing to keep up with his log book.
Fortunately, current trucking regulations prohibit the kind of driving described in "Six Days on the Road." For example, truck drivers have strict limitations regarding the amount of time they can be on the road. In fact, as we pointed out in a previous blog post, drivers cannot spend more than 70 hours per week behind the wheel. They are also required to take regular breaks.
Drivers are required to keep careful track of their driving and resting hours in their logbooks. They must also obey all speed limits and other traffic laws. And of course, if a truck driver contributes to an accident while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, he or she could be held liable.
While "Six Days on the Road" may be a wonderfully catchy tune, its subject matter is deceptively serious. A driver who is fatigued or impaired is a serious danger to everyone on the road. To avoid catastrophe, a truck driver must be in total control of his or her vehicle at all times.
If you are ever harmed due to the negligence of a truck driver, you may wish to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. At Towe, Ball, Mackey, Sommerfeld & Turner, we help clients who are seeking fair compensation after being involved in truck accidents.