Was Your Accident Caused by Truck Driver Fatigue?
Truck drivers spend long hours on the road, often driving through the night
in order to meet deadlines. Under such immense pressure, many truck drivers
fail to comply with the Hours of Service rules created by the U.S. Federal
Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). For example, during the first
eight hours of a shift, truck drivers are required to take a 30-minute break.
Truck drivers must also comply with the following Hours of Service regulations:
- Truck drivers must not work more than 70 hours a week
- Truck drivers who work 70 hours a week can get behind the wheel after resting
for 34 consecutive hours
There are two major contributors to truck driver fatigue: unrealistic scheduling
by a driver’s agency or company, and a desire to make more money
by driving longer than what is allowable. The FMCSA analysis division
has found that driver fatigue accounts for approximately eight percent
of all fatal truck crashes, and for 16 percent of all truck crashes regardless
of whether a fatality results. Truck drivers who do not comply with FMCSA
regulations can fall asleep behind the wheel or drive under extreme fatigue,
which often causes serious trucking accidents. If you were injured in
a trucking accident and suspect that driver fatigue was the cause, turn
to Scarlett Law Group for immediate help.
Learn about your rights during a
complimentary consultation. Call us at (415) 688-2176.
Putting Our More Than 25 Years of Experience to Work for You
more than 25 years of experience in handling catastrophic personal injury cases throughout San Francisco,
CA. Our extensive experience has allowed us to represent countless individuals
who have suffered catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord and brain
injuries, as a result of negligent truck drivers and trucking companies.
Should you choose to hire us as your passionate advocate, you can rest
assured in knowing that we will work tirelessly toward securing fair compensation
on your behalf.
Have Questions? Ask Our San Francisco Catastrophic Injury Attorneys!
Facing the aftermath of a serious accident such as a trucking accident
can lead to a great deal of stress and uncertainty. This is especially
true if the victim was a loved one. Our firm is readily available to assist
you in any way possible. We will serve as your reliable legal guide through
the entire process so that you always have the answers you need.
For more information about how we can assist you after being injured,
give us a call today.