Truck Driver Fatigue
Get in Touch with a Wichita Truck Accident Attorney
One of the most common causes of
truck accidents in America is truck driver exhaustion. Truck drivers have been known to
sometimes drive in excess of 14 hours per day In order to meet tight deadlines
established by their employers, causing severe fatigue and greatly increasing
their chances of falling asleep behind the wheel. If you have been injured
in a collision caused by a drowsy truck driver, you may have grounds to
file a legal claim in pursuit of compensation for your suffering. At Hutton
& Hutton Law Firm, LLC, we have successfully represented countless
injured clients and can provide the powerful advocacy you need during
this difficult time.
Our awards and accomplishments speak for themselves:
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Call our office today at (316) 313-4730 to get started towards filing a claim.
Tired Driving vs. Drunk Driving – What’s the Difference?
According to research by both the Centers for Disease Control and the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a fatigued driver has about
as little control over their vehicle as a driver impaired by alcohol.
Commercial drivers who are forced to drive for multiple days in a row
without rest, possibly even in violation
federal trucking regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA),
can experience a disruption in their natural sleep-wake cycles and have
a much higher risk of losing control of their vehicles. When considering
the precision and attention required to control an 80,000 pound truck
under even the best conditions, adding fatigue into the mix can be a disaster
waiting to happen.
Exhaustion can lead to the following effects:
- Inability to accurately estimate distances
- Failure to check blind spots before changing lanes
- Substantially reduced reaction times
- Swerving into adjacent lanes without warning
- Failure to react to stopped traffic
The NHTSA dictates that truck drivers are required to take a 30 minute
break for every 8 hours driven, with a maximum of 11 drivable hours per
day. Drivers who reach their maximum 70 hours per week must take a “restart”
break of 34 hours prior to resuming their work. Violating these hour caps
can cause a driver to be held liable for any damages they should cause
in the event of a collision.
No Recovery, No Fee – Guaranteed
If you or a loved one have been harmed in a collision with a fatigued truck
driver, the attorneys at Hutton & Hutton Law Firm, LLC can help you file a
personal injury claim against the responsible parties and maximize your chances of securing
the compensation you deserve. With personalized advocacy and constant
communication at all times, we can advocate for the largest settlement
possible on your behalf and protect your rights every step of the way.
Let us handle the legal heavy lifting on your behalf so you can focus
on what matters most: your recovery.
Your case matters. Take advantage of your
free case evaluation today to get started.