Truck Accidents Caused by Driver Fatigue

Were You Injured Because of a Truck Driver's Negligence?

Whether operating a passenger vehicle or a commercial vehicle, driving while drowsy or fatigued can dramatically increase the risk of an accident. If you have been injured in a truck accident, insurance may cover some of the expenses, but there is no guarantee that the full cost of the incident will be taken care of. Driver insurance may not be enough, especially with serious injuries that burden individuals with pain and suffering and extended medical treatment far into the future.

If another driver's negligence, like driving while fatigued, caused the accident that led to your injuries, you may fight to hold them accountable by filing a personal injury claim with the help of a Houston truck accident attorney at The Daspit Law Firm. We have recovered millions of dollars in damages for the seriously injured!

A successful claim may award you compensation for the following:

  • Past, present, and future medical costs
  • Past, present, and future lost wages
  • Physical/emotional pain and suffering

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Driving While Drowsy is Negligent Driving!

Feeling sleepy or having trouble keeping your eyes open is only one form of driver fatigue. Generally, being in any state of exhaustion may be construed as driver negligence. This commonly occurs when drivers work through long shifts with little rest time in between. Sometimes, truck drivers are using prescription medication or other substances to keep their energy up—however, the use of drugs or medication does not excuse the potentially reckless choice to drive while fatigued. It is still negligent behavior, and if it causes an accident, injured persons may hold these drivers responsible for their actions.

Hours of Service Violations are a Top Cause of Fatigued Driving Accidents

Trucking companies have a legal obligation to protect the safety of others on public roadways. Commercial carriers are massive machines and, because they can cause some of the most horrific traffic accidents, state and federal governments heavily regulate the trucking industry. Among the many regulations in place, Hours of Service Rules are crucial to reducing the risk of truck accidents caused by tired drivers. Studies have even found that driving tired is more dangerous than driving drunk.

As such, the federal government has gone to great lengths to ensure that no tired driver gets behind the wheel of a commercial carrier. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), for instance, enforces a number of rules specifically meant to prevent commercial drivers from operating vehicles without adequate rest breaks and time spent off duty. Some of the most important Hours-of-Service rules – for both freight carriers and passenger carriers – include the regulations listed below.

Drivers of Freight-Carrying Vehicles

  • 11-hour driving limit – after 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • 14-hour limit – no driving after 14th consecutive hour on duty
  • Mandatory rest breaks for drivers of commercial vehicles
  • 60/70 limit – no driving after 60/70 hours in 7/8 consecutive days

Drivers of Passenger-Carrying Vehicles

  • 10-hour driving limit – after 8 consecutive hours off duty
  • 15-hour limit – no driving after 15 consecutive hours on duty
  • 60/70 limit – no driving after 60/70 hours in 7/8 consecutive days

These FMCSA Hours of Service Rules are crucial to ensuring that the risk for preventable truck accidents is minimized. Unfortunately, many truck drivers and trucking companies fail to uphold their legal duties by violating these rules.

Retain a Dedicated Attorney on Contingency Fees

Victims injured in truck accidents caused by tired drivers have a right to file personal injury claims to hold trucking companies, and the truck drivers they employ, liable for any physical, emotional, and financial damages they suffered. Families who have lost a loved one in such an accident may have a right to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible party or parties.

If you would like more information about your potential case, your rights, and how a Houston personal injury lawyer from The Daspit Law Firm can help, do not hesitate to contact us today. We’d be happy to review your case for free.

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