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The Dangers of Truck Driver Fatigue

Florida truck accident attorneys protect the rights of injured victims

Thirteen percent of commercial motor vehicle drivers were considered fatigued at the time of their crash, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT). The dangers of truck driver fatigue are widely recognized; truck accidents pose the risk of serious injury and death due to the size and weight of these commercial vehicles. The experienced truck accident attorneys at Ged Lawyers, LLP, have been serving the Florida community since 1995, protecting the rights of those injured in trucking accidents.

Truck driver safety regulations

Safety regulations that address truck driver fatigue are established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Regulations provide restrictions on the amount of time truck drivers may drive their truck, in addition to the number of hours truck drivers may work before they are legally not permitted to drive a commercial motor vehicle. The FMCSA provides three maximum duty limits, which include the following:

  • 14-hour driving window limit
  • 11-hour driving limit
  • 60 hour/7 day and 70 hour/8 day duty limits

In spite of these safety regulations, industry research shows that many truck drivers violate these rules, driving for longer periods than what is permitted under the law.

Negligent driving behavior is basis for claim

The dangers of truck driver fatigue are widely recognized and when a truck driver violates the safety regulations that are designed to prevent the fatigue, it is considered an act of negligence. Negligent behavior that causes an accident that results in injury or death of another party may serve as the basis for a personal injury claim.

Personal injury law provides compensation for injured victims

Personal injury law protects individuals who have suffered injury in an accident that was caused by another person or entity’s negligence. A trucking accident that is the result of truck driver fatigue may meet the grounds for a personal injury claim if the truck driver violated the safety regulations concerning time limits for driving a truck. Proving legal negligence can be challenging and in the case of truck accidents, there may be more than one party that bears responsibility for the accident.

Injured in an accident due to truck driver fatigue? Contact our experienced accident attorneys

If you have been in an accident that is the result of truck driver fatigue, consult with one of our experienced truck accident attorneys to discuss the merits of a personal injury accident claim. The dedicated team at Ged Lawyers, LLP has been serving the Florida community since 1995, successfully advocating on behalf of accident victims for the compensation they deserve for their injuries. To arrange for a free case review with a member of our team, contact our office at 844-443-3529 or online. We are here to answer your questions and address your concerns.