Austin Truck Driver Fatigue Attorney
Was Your Accident Caused By A Tired Truck Driver?
Semi-trucks and eighteen-wheelers commonly weigh as much as forty times more than a typical passenger vehicle, and are consequently capable of causing far more damage in a collision. For this reason, commercial truck drivers have a heightened responsibility to take precautions to avoid being involved in an accident, to protect the lives of themselves and others. Driving while fatigued reduces the ability of the trucker to react to an emergency, while significantly increasing the chances of a trucking accident, and if you have been injured by a tired truck driver you have a right to compensation.
The Federal Government recognizes the dangers associated with driving while fatigued, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enforces Hours of Service regulations to limit the amount of time a trucker can legally stay behind the wheel before stopping for rest. Despite this fact, many truck drivers break the rules by driving long hours, often in response to strict delivery deadlines. If there is proof that the driver was guilty of an HOS violation or if the driver’s own testimony demonstrates that fatigue was a factor in causing the accident, you may be able to recover full compensation for the injuries you have suffered, including your lost income, your past and future medical expenses and your suffering.
Tired Driver Traffic Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), traffic collisions caused by drowsy drivers are usually very serious. Most tired-driver collisions occur on high speed roads (such as the freeway) and occur when the driver is along in his/her vehicle. The majority of drowsy driving accidents occur late at night, early in the morning, or in the mid-afternoon. Fatigued driving is easy to prevent. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to prevent drowsy driving is to get enough sleep.
Avoiding Fatigued Driver Truck Accidents
Generally speaking, drivers need at least seven hours of sleep to drive safely. If a driver begins to feel tired, he/she should pull over to the side of the road and take a nap. Truck drivers aren’t supposed to drive for excessive amounts of time. In fact, trucking employers should limit the amount of time that each driver is required to spend behind the wheel to protect their employees and other members of the road. If a truck driver ignores his employer and drives for longer shifts than he/she is supposed to, the driver may be held responsible for any fatigue-related injuries or accidents.
Tired driving can be identified by the following warning signs: inability to focus, heavy blinking, disconnected thoughts, daydreaming, missing freeway exits, missing traffic lights, difficulty remember that past few minutes of driving, irritability, restlessness, and drifting into the wrong lane. Drivers who ignore these warning signs can cause serious or fatal traffic collisions. If you or a loved one suffered in a car accident because of a fatigued truck driver, contact The Loewy Law Firm today. When you work with our firm, you can rest assured that every available resource will be exhausted to obtain the compensation you need.
Contact An Austin Truck Accident Lawyer
The Loewy Law Firm is dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured, and an Austin truck accident lawyer from our team is ready to begin working on your case today. Whether you were hurt in a truck rollover or a jackknife accident, we will carefully investigate your case to find all the evidence of truck driver negligence to support your claim, and will stand by you as your case progresses, giving you the support and help you deserve. We care about our clients, and we win.
If you believe that driver fatigue was a factor in your accident, contact an Austin truck accident attorney from our firm for a consultation to learn more about your right to compensation.