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How does fatigued driving cause truck accidents?
May 16, 2015
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck driver fatigue is either the primary cause or a contributing factor to 35-40% of all commercial truck accidents. Truck drivers are on the road for long hours, many days in a row, which can be exhausting. Additionally, they are usually alone in their cab, driving on highly monotonous highways and routes, which can make it even easier to lose focus. When a truck driver loses concentration or even dozes off behind the wheel, devastating accidents can occur and cause injury to other motorists.
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To try to prevent fatigued driving truck accidents, the FMCSA has specific Hours of Service (HOS) regulations that dictate the hours a driver may work before resting. Some regulations require that a driver:
Only drive up to 11 hours per day
Only drive up to 70 hours per week
Rest for at least 34 hour following a 70-hour work week, including at least two nights
Take a 30 minute break during each eight hour driving shift
Unfortunately, many truck drivers violate these regulations in order to make more deliveries and earn more money. Additionally, sometimes trucking companies encourage or pressure drivers into driving longer shifts than allowed to make more money. When drivers are fatigued, they can lose control of their huge trucks and can cause accidents, injuries, and even death. Victims of these accidents can suffer extraordinary losses.
Commercial truck drivers have a duty to always be in compliance with trucking regulations set by the FMCSA. When they violate laws such as HOS regulations, they are negligently putting all other motorists around them at risk of harm. If a truck accident and injuries do occur as a result of their negligence, truck drivers should be held fully responsible for reimbursing victims for all of their losses.
Contact an Indianapolis Truck Accident Lawyer for a free consultation
If you have suffered injury because a truck driver was negligent, an experienced truck accident lawyer in Indianapolis can help you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve. Call attorney Merry Fountain today at 888-242-HURT (4878) to schedule your free consultation.
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