The NTSB reported in 2000 that the percent of large truck accidents
involving illegally parked vehicles on shoulders is a small number (0.3
percent). The shortage of long-term parking for commercial and loaded
vehicles on the National Highway System is a problem. Drivers perceive
a shortage of available parking. For truck stops, only 34% of drivers
stated they "almost always" or "frequently" find available parking, 51%
"sometimes" find available parking and 16% "rarely" or "never" find
available parking. For rest areas, only 11% "almost always" and
"frequently" find parking, 41% "sometimes" find parking, and 48%
reported "rarely" or "almost never" finding available parking.
Drivers commented that more parking is needed during overnight hours
and near metropolitan areas. Certain regions of the country, such as
the northeast, the northwest and southern California, were perceived to
need more parking. As a result, drivers may drive for longer than is
safe, or may find them unable to obtain undisturbed sleep during a rest
period. There have been some incidents reported regarding the truck
driver not having rested or having not taken enough rest because there
was insufficient parking for him to rest. There is an urgent need for
more truck parking so that truck drivers can rest when they need to
have a rest. The lack of safe available parking contributes to driver
fatigue. Driver fatigue is a large contributor of truck accidents.
If you are injured in a truck accident, contact us for a free consultation to discuss your case with an expert.