In An Accident Because of the Fatigue of a Truck Driver? Call Us For a Free Case Evaluation.
In the United States alone, the Department of Transportation estimates that there are around thousands of car accidents that involve truck drivers. People may wonder why so many accidents occur that in involve semi-trucks. One reason is simple; it is because many semi-truck drivers are driving in a fatigued state. It has been estimated that as many as 30% of the car collisions that involve semi-truck drivers are due to that fatigue. There are many reasons why truck drivers continue to drive while they are fatigued and there are many laws in this country that should be changed in order to prevent them from doing that so often.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is in charge of enforcing different regulations that are put upon truckers in United States of America. This organization is very important because it helps to promote the safety of truckers in the United States and in turn helps to promote the safety of other drivers in the country. The first of these laws is that truckers can only drive 11 hours in a row. The second is that truckers can only work a maximum of 14 hours without stopping. The third is that off-duty truckers have to have at least 10 hours of rest that is not interrupted, and the fourth is that a trucker can only drive 60 hours in 7 days and 70 hours in 8 days.
These rules are put into place in order for truckers to be able to drive more safely. The problem is that many truckers feel like they are under a lot of pressure to make the deliveries on time and because of that they may turn to things such as stimulants or other products that are made to help them to stay awake. In reality these stimulants will not keep them awake forever and truckers need to take out the time to rest and take care of themselves. Many truckers tend to ignore symptoms such as tiredness, fatigue, and lane swerving. Since that is the case they have been the cause of many serious car accidents.
If a person or a family member has been involved in a car accident that involves a semi-truck, it is very important for them to be able to get in contact with a lawyer that handles specifically truck accidents. These layers are specialist in seeking justice for those family members and people who have been hurt by a car accident involving a trucker. It is important for person to be able to fight for their rights and to be able to get the compensation that they deserve after being involved in an accident that was not their fault.