Truckers work long hours to try to make their deadlines and sometimes they push the limits of thier ability to stay awake. A tired trucker and a 40 ton rig can be a deadly combination. Because of this Federal regulators have developed hours-of-service regulations that dictate how long a truck driver is allowed to operate a commercial motor vehicle during a single shift. This doesn’t mean that truckers and trucking companies won’t continue to push those limits to make quotas
Some Facts About Trucker Fatigue
A study on truck driver fatigue conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Administration found that truckers did not assess their own levels of fatigue correctly based on objective physiological and other measures.
More than 750 motorists are killed and another 20,000 suffer personal injuries in truck accidents caused by fatigued drivers each year. The long hours spent behind the wheel of a big rig can be monotonous for even the most proficient of truckers.
Being on the road for a long time can cause sleepiness, headaches, restlessness, body aches, boredom, irritability and concentration problems. Also, many truckers are unable to tell when they are too tired to drive safely.
What Should I Do If I’ve Been Injured in a Truck Accident Due To Trucker Fatigue?
If you’ve been involved in a truck related crash, you may be eligible for damages that will compensate you for your injuries. That’s why you should contact a lawyer who knows about the federal trucking regulations as soon as possible.
Truck companies are protected by high-powered insurance companies and defense lawyers who will quickly jump on a report of a serious crash with injuries or fatalities. Obtaining evidence from the accident scene and other documentation is essential proof in truck accident cases. Some evidence – particularly, records of hours of service – do not have to be kept forever, and it can be difficult to obtain if too much time has passed since your accident.
In addition, an attorney can file legal documents that prevent the truck from being repaired. This is important because repairs could mask important physical evidence from the crash. Skilled tractor trailer lawyers will also consult the best experts to provide testimony about your injuries and what the long-term impact on your quality of life will be like in the months and years following the wreck. Put together, all of this information can help you build a solid case to recover the most favorable and fair award possible.
Truck accidents can have life-changing consequences for victims and their families. Medical expenses and lost wages often create financial hardships that endure for years, especially if you are unable to return to the same level of work that you did before. Contact the The Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir for more info or legal assistance.
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