Truck Driver Fatigue
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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.
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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.
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