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Truck Accidents & Driver Fatigue

Truck driver fatigue can affect a driver's perception and judgment just as much as being intoxicated can. Drivers who feel rushed to get to their destination can decide to continue driving in violation of the hours of service regulations. People who are exhausted can make mistakes and overlook the obvious or react too slowly in an emergency.

In order to stay behind the wheel longer he or she may resort to stimulants, drugs or alcohol. A driver who is exhausted may become irritable under pressure and behave erratically. If you have been injured in a trucking accident, a San Francisco truck accident lawyer can determine if you have grounds for a personal injury case.

What to do after a Tired Driver Accident

If you were in an accident with a commercial truck and sustained injuries, one of the first things that will need to happen when seeking to recover damages is to determine the cause of the accident. This will be necessary when establishing liability for compensation. Far too often the cause of the accident can be a fatigued driver. Eye witness accounts and other valuable evidence will need to be evaluated. A knowledgeable San Francisco attorney from our firm can help you to establish the cause and the liable party for your damages.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has imposed strict regulations concerning the prevention of tired drivers operating commercial trucks. A fatigued driver of any type of vehicle poses a serious risk to everyone else on the road. A vehicle can become a dangerous weapon when it is zooming along with a sleeping driver behind the wheel.

When that vehicle is a commercial truck loaded with cargo it can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. The sheer weight, size, and power of a commercial truck can cause even an otherwise minor accident to become a catastrophic and in many cases fatal event.

Exhaustion may result in aggressive driving or the driver becoming easily distracted, in addition to falling asleep at the wheel. Inexperienced drivers can be more prone to fatigue and can become dangerous to other motorists on the road. In an effort to reduce the number of serious truck wrecks from tired drivers the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations state drivers may not drive more than 11 hours a day and must take a 10-hour break between driving intervals.

After an accident, you may want to know why the accident happened. You can depend upon a tired truck driver lawyer at our firm to conduct an in-depth truck accident investigation to gather all available evidence crucial to your case. Get in touch with us today!

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