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Did Truck Driver Fatigue Cause My Truck Accident I Was Involved In?

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What is Truck Driver Fatigue?

Truck driver fatigue occurs when the driver of a commercial truck operates his motor vehicle for too many hours and is sleep-deprived. Driving cross country can be monotonous and can contribute to driver fatigue. When a driver is driving while exhausted, it impairs his or her focus and increases reaction time. A driver may actually fall asleep at the wheel while driving. Some drivers unsuccessfully take medications or use stimulants to try to stay awake.  Taking your eyes off the road for just a few seconds can lead to a serious accident.

At Isaacs & Isaacs, we have fought for victims of truck accidents caused by truck driver fatigue for decades. We understand that most of these disasters could have been avoided if the drivers and trucking companies would abide by federal safe driving rules. When a CDL trucker or trucking company breaks the rules and it results in an accident, they are guilty of negligence.

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What Federal Laws Implement Truck Driving Hours?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) restricts the number of hours that a truck driver can be behind the wheel. Truck driver hours may not exceed 11 hours of driving after 10 hours of rest. Drivers are supposed to take a 30-minute break after eight hours of continuous driving, and drivers who regularly drive the maximum hours allowed must take 34 hours off (a day and a half) after driving 60/70 hours in seven to eight days.

Trucking companies and truck drivers must comply with Federal and State safety laws and must log the time they are on the road. Until recently, most drivers had to log their time manually. This created an issue because drivers either forgot or intentionally fidged their numbers to meet their quota. Some truck drivers get paid by the trip rather than by the hour and therefore, they push themselves to meet impossible deadlines.  CDL drivers are required to keep logs of how many hours they drive and what hours they rest, and these logs are checked during roadside inspections

Most trucking companies these days utilize new technology that electronically logs driver time. Trucks must log into Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) to record their time. ELDs make it easier to ensure the accuracy of the hours of service. It is vital to obtain the driver’s electronic records following an accident. This will ensure that the driver followed the law and can show the reason why the truck driver may have been fatigued. An experienced truck accident law firm will assist in obtaining the records necessary to prove your case.

TruckAccidents.Law are experienced attorneys that have many decades of handling traumatic brain injury cases. We understand the need to treat these cases differently than most since they impact the victim with possible permanent damage that will require expensive and long-term medical care. Our law firm at Isaacs & Isaacs have the resources to assist you in ascertaining what your case is worth because there will be future and possibly lifetime expenses. Head and brain injuries once the initial physical trauma has subsided,  can be difficult to diagnose the long-term ailments that accompany this particular type of injury and prove this to the jury. Therefore, it is essential to have a caring truck accident law firm that understands the medical and legal complexity of these types of cases.

If you or a family member has suffered a head injury from a truck or car accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the driver or trucking company. Call Isaacs & Isaacs today for a free case evaluation.

TruckAccidents.Law Attorneys Can Prove Negligence Caused Your Accident

There will need to be an investigative process in order to prove that the trucker was fatigued at the time of your accident. The trucker, the trucking company, and the accident scene will be looked into to see if there was negligence. Your best chance of proving negligence caused your accident is to hire a Truck Accident Law Firm with experience in these matters to investigate the facts and determine what happened and who is responsible.

If you rely on the Trucking Company’s insurance policy to offer you a fair settlement amount, you will be disappointed. The insurance company’s goal is to make a profit. They stay in business by paying out the least amount possible that you will accept. If they can, they will blame the accident on you in order to avoid paying millions of dollars to victims.

Isaacs & Isaacs truck accident attorneys have been helping victims of Truck Accident driver fatigue for decades. We know how to implement a discovery process in order to demand just compensation for your pain and suffering. We have recovered over $1 billion in damages for our clients. Call us now at 888-444-8888, or fill out our online form to get your free consultation with an experienced truck accident attorney.

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