Truck Driver Fatigue
Advocacy from Expert Truck Accident Attorneys in Orlando, FL
Truck accidents are often complex cases. There are laws unique to the trucking industry that may affect your claim. The trucking industry has regulations regarding licensure for drivers, weight, size, and route limitations, and limits on consecutive work hours—which often impacts driver fatigue.
Our dedicated Orlando truck accident lawyers can help you understand what laws apply to your claim and whether the truck driver, his or her employer, or a third party should be held accountable for your losses. Call our firm at (855) 375-9959 to get 100+ years of collective experience behind your case.
The Danger of Tired / Fatigued Driving
All drivers behind the wheel while fatigued pose a risk to other travelers. Drivers of large trucks and 18-wheelers pose an even greater threat due to the destructive potential of their massive vehicles. Truck drivers are expected to pull over and rest before their fatigue puts other drivers at risk. In an attempt to prevent tragic accidents caused by truck driver fatigue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the number of hours a truck driver can work without proper rest.
Drivers of commercial motor vehicles, as of July 1 2013:
- May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive off duty hours
- Cannot drive after being on duty for 14 hours following the same 10-hour break
- Must have an off duty or sleeper berth period of at least 30 minutes before driving 8 hours or less
- May not drive after 60 hours on duty in a 7 consecutive day period; or
- 70 hours on duty in an 8 consecutive day period
These regulations are in place to protect other drivers traveling on the roadway. Commercial vehicle drivers are required to follow these regulations to prevent delayed reaction times, lapses in concentration, reduced alertness, and other fatigue related dangers. Unfortunately, not all drivers and trucking companies diligently follow these regulations.
Hit By a Tired Truck Driver? Call (855) 375-9959!
Trucking companies and their insurance carriers are acutely aware of the large expense involved in truck accident claims. As a result, they will quickly investigate these accidents and attempt to limit the recovery for the injured parties. Insurance companies will often investigate the site of the accident, take photographs of the damages vehicles, and obtain recorded witness statements.
The experienced Orlando truck accident attorneys at The Trial Professionals P.A. can help protect your rights and prevent the insurance company from not properly compensating you and your loved ones for your loss.
If truck driver fatigue led to your accident, call our firm today at (855) 375-9959. Free consultations!