Truck accidents can occur for many different reasons, but the top reason can usually be traced back to truck driver fatigue. In fact, as many as 40% of all truck accidents were found to be caused by driver fatigue. This is a common occurrence because truck drivers have long hours, stressful deadlines and overwhelming schedules to stick to and they find themselves exhausted in the midst of it all.
The danger that many people do not realize is that stress and exhaustion can drastically impair a truck driver's judgment and reflexes while behind the wheel. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a serious truck accident, then our personal injury lawyers can dig deeper into the truck driver's schedule to see if driver fatigue could have contributed to the cause of the collision.
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What is truck driver fatigue? How can it significantly increase the chances of getting into an accident? Fatigue is a combination of exhaustion, serious grogginess and a desperate lack of sleep. There are many things that can contribute to driver fatigue including:
With a combination of all these factors it would be very easy for a truck driver to get behind the wheel of a large commercial vehicle with impaired judgment, not realizing just how tired they are. In cases like this it is not uncommon for truck drivers to hallucinate or nod off behind the wheel which could lead to a catastrophic or even fatal accident.
The federal government has realized that driver fatigue is a serious issue and they have taken strides to try and prevent any more accidents of this nature. The new federal laws state that truck drivers cannot driver more than 11 consecutive hour work shifts unless they take a 10 hour break in between their two shifts. This means that for one work day a truck driver can clock in for up to 14 hours, but only 11 of those hours can actually be spent driving.
Do you have reason to believe that your truck accident was the result of truck driver fatigue? At Gill Law Group, PC, we assist truck accident victims and their families all throughout Orange County. Trucks are large commercial vehicles that can cause debilitating injuries in a collision. Let our skilled trial lawyers handle your injury claim and seek maximum compensation on your behalf. Call us today at (949) 681-9952 to schedule a free consultation and to discuss your injury case.