When Truck Driver Fatigue Causes Truck Accidents
Driver fatigue is a serious problem on roads throughout the United States. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that truck driver fatigue is in the top 15 percent of causes of truck accidents resulting in fatality. That is why federal regulations exist restricting the number of hours a person can drive a truck in a given period of time. Fatigued drivers are impaired drivers. By driving longer than the maximum allowable number of hours, they are breaking the law and are more likely to cause an accident.
Tired Drivers Should Not Be on the Road
Truckers drive long hours and are under pressure by their employers to finish their routes by any means necessary. Overworked and overtired, they often cause very serious truck accidents on highways throughout the United States. To combat exhaustion, some drivers will use illegal drugs or over-the-counter stimulants. This practice is no better than falling asleep at the wheel.
Truck Driver Fatigue Violates State and Federal Regulations
Very specific rules govern how much long-haul truck drivers may work. These rules restrict the hours of service, allowing only a certain amount of time on the road and mandating a certain amount of rest within a 24-hour period.
Discovering whether or not truck driver fatigue occurred in violation of federal regulations requires in-depth investigation. At the nationwide truck accident law firm of Greenberg & Stone, we conduct thorough discovery and investigation to uncover critical information. We review driver logs, personnel files, gas and toll receipts, on-board computers and other information relevant to the case. Using hard work, dedication and focus, we uncover every factual and legal aspect of your case. There is no substitute for this level of preparation.
Big Business Can Mean Big Problems
Federal laws require that commercial trucking companies carry substantial amounts of insurance, relative to other motor vehicles. Often, the trucks are owned, operated or leased by large companies with their eyes on the profits. Billions of dollars are made and spent each year in the trucking industry.
With so much at stake, insurance companies will fight tenaciously to limit their potential liability whenever possible. Some companies will attempt to intimidate you while others will make it seem like they are trying to help, when in fact they are not. An attorney experienced at dealing with insurance companies, such as the lawyers of Greenberg & Stone, can help you protect your rights.
Our lawyers understand that no amount of money can ever truly make up for a personal injury or wrongful death caused by a truck accident. Money can, however, help accident victims and their families pay medical bills, account for lost income and provide needed long-term health care.
Learn More About Greenberg & Stone
At Greenberg & Stone, we represent the victims of truck accidents, using legal claims to help our clients hold drivers and trucking companies accountable for putting lives in danger. Our attorneys serve clients nationwide, working with a network of local associate law firms. We have the resources, knowledge and experience to effectively present your case and preserve your rights.
We encourage you to learn more about our attorneys’ qualifications and review summaries of past truck accident cases we have handled. For answers to other questions, call us toll free at 888-499-9700. We are headquartered in Florida and have the capability of handling cases nationwide through a network of associate law firms.