Helping Accident Victims Caused By Sleepy Truck Drivers
Fatigue is one of the most common reasons that drivers cause trucking accidents. Because truck drivers are under tight deadlines to reach their destination, they often feel pressure to drive longer than the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations allow. Unfortunately, this can lead to severe fatigue.
When fatigued drivers cause injury or death, the accident victims can seek compensation. At the law office of Jerry D. Andrews, P.C., in Dallas, we represent truck accident victims and their families. Our attorney is a board-certified specialist in personal injury. He has the experience and trial skill to protect your interests in complex cases such as truck accidents.
How Truck Driver Fatigue Can Cause Accidents In Texas
Federal regulations try to prevent truck driver fatigue by limiting the number of hours a driver may drive in one period. Drivers are supposed to get off the road and sleep when they reach the limit. Too often, however, drivers may exceed the hours limitations without taking a rest break, leading to truck driver negligence.
Fatigue can cause people to have issues such as:
- Delayed reaction times
- Decreased alertness
- Slower reflexes
- Difficulty processing information
When drivers are fatigued, they have trouble reacting appropriately to changing traffic conditions. Because their reflexes are compromised, it will also be difficult for them to brake or steer in time to avoid a collision.
To hide hour violations, drivers may record fraudulent information in their logbooks. Investigating the logbook is an important step in driver fatigue cases. We may find that the driver and the trucking company are negligent parties if the company required the driver to violate FMCSA hour limits.