Drowsy Truck Driver Accidents in Memphis
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If you or a loved one was injured in a truck accident, you may face steep medical bills, lost wages, and other hardships. What if you found out your accident was the result of driver fatigue? Although you can’t undo what happened, there are legal remedies for people who have suffered due to truck driver and trucking company negligence.
At Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, we help people who have been injured in accidents caused by driver fatigue, distracted drivers, and other forms of negligence. Our experienced personal injury lawyers are committed to helping you obtain full and fair compensation for the losses you have suffered.
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Why Do Truck Drivers Drive Tired?
The answer is simple, of course. In the competitive trucking industry, there is constant pressure to deliver more, faster. However, when truck drivers push their bodies past their natural limits, they endanger the lives of everyone else on the road.
Depending on the circumstances of the case, the truck driver, trucking company, or both could be found negligent for a truck accident caused by driver fatigue. Drivers are required to get a certain amount of time for rest every day. They are prohibited by federal trucking regulations from driving too far on any single day and on consecutive days.
Drivers must keep logs of the miles they have driven per day, as well as how much time they have had off between shifts. When handling truck accident injury cases, our attorneys investigate those logs, as well as other evidence such as hotel receipts and GPS data, to paint clear pictures of the circumstances leading to the accidents.
We know how to find the facts in truck accident cases and can use our knowledge to pursue maximum compensation for your truck accident injuries.
What the Hours of Service Regulation Say
The Hours of Service regulation limits the total number of hours a truck driver can work, as well as the number of hours he or she can drive his or her truck. Depending on the type of truck the driver operates (property vs. passenger), time limits for total work hours range from 14 to 15 hours.
The same limits dictate that truck drivers may only operate their truck for 10 or 11 hours depending on whether the driver is transporting people or goods. The driver may work a 15-hour shift but spend no more than 10 of those hours driving.
This regulation is in place to prevent drowsy driving from occurring. Unfortunately, when truck drivers push themselves to meet deadlines or trucking companies encourage a violation of these rules, drowsy driving becomes a real possibility.
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