Truck Accidents Caused by Tired Drivers
Seek Counsel from a Reno Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck drivers often have to work long hours or even drive overnight in order to get their cargo from point A to point B. Though federal regulations limit the number of hours a trucker can drive per day and per week, these are not always followed to the letter. Fatigued truck drivers may lack the ability to drive safely or may even fall asleep at the wheel, causing serious collisions. This may result from negligence, oversight or carelessness on behalf of the driver or trucking company. When this occurs, our firm stands ready to seek justice on behalf of the injured. We represent truck accident victims in Reno, Carson City and the surrounding areas in Nevada.
Take this opportunity to learn more about trucking regulations, truck driver fatigue and your rights if you were injured. Schedule a free consultation with a Reno truck accident lawyer at our firm and you can get your questions answered and concerns addressed by a knowledgeable professional. We are prepared to fight for you.
Truck Driver Fatigue & Hours of Service (HOS)
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented Hours of Service (HOS) regulations in order to prevent trucker fatigue and serious accidents caused by falling asleep at the wheel. These regulations were recently amended to further restrict the amount of hours a trucker can driver per day without a resting break and per week. Despite these regulations, here are some troubling statistics about the trucking industry:
- A driver is more likely to fall asleep at the wheel if he or she is required to drive overnight or during early morning hours, as opposed to falling asleep because of the number of consecutive hours worked.
- A trucker's ideal sleep requirement is seven hours a night. In an FMCSA survey, the average trucker only slept five hours.
- Truckers tend to overestimate their ability to stay awake while driving and underestimate their actual level of fatigue.
- Each driver deals with fatigue differently, so HOS regulations can only do so much to prevent fatigue-related accidents.
As of July 1, 2013, truckers will only be allowed to drive if eight hours have passed since their last end of "off-duty" and that off-duty period must have lasted at least 30 minutes. The new FMCSA rules also redefined "on-duty" time to exclude time that is spent resting in a parked vehicle. There are also different regulations for property carrying vs. passenger carrying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs). Our firm's truck accident attorneys know the codes and the regulations that apply to the trucking industry and know how to build strong cases for truck accident victims. We work with skilled investigators who can look into a trucking company's history, a trucker's previous employment and disciplinary records, a trucker's log or on-board recorder and more. We will use any and every method available to build strong and successful cases for our clients.
Injured in a truck accident caused by driver fatigue? Call our firm.
A truck accident may have left you with severe injuries as well as emotional trauma. Our job as Reno truck accident attorneys is to fight for maximum financial compensation on your behalf. What does this include? It could potentially include property damage compensation (vehicle damage), medical costs, continuing medical care/rehabilitation, emotional trauma such as pain and suffering, loss of income and more. The compensation you could recover depends on the circumstances of your particular case. For a comprehensive understanding of your case and what type of legal action you could pursue, contact Shook & Stone today.