Accidents Caused By Truck Driver Fatigue
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While many people are aware of the dangers of drinking while driving, some
do not realize that fatigued driving can be fatal. Much like alcohol,
fatigue delays reaction time, decreases awareness, impairs judgment, and
increases the risk of a collision. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
(FMCSA) enforces federal regulations in the trucking industry. The FMCSA
has long recognized the epidemic of fatigued driving and all of the dangers
that it entails.
Historically, truckers and trucking companies have a habit of pushing the
limit and violating the FMCSA's HOS regulations. To strike back, the
FMCSA is imposing maximum penalties against trucking companies and drivers
who commit egregious violations.
If you were injured in a trucking accident because of a fatigued truck
driver, contact Crossen Kooi to schedule a
free consultation with one of our
Indiana truck accident attorneys. We have intimate knowledge of truck accidents and are equipped to investigate
the most complex of cases!
Federal Hours of Service Regulations
According to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, "Safety is
our highest priority." In a press released published by the FMCSA,
it states that working long daily and weekly hours on a continuous basis
is associated with chronic fatigue and a high risk of crashes.
The FMCSA recently revised its hours of service (HOS) regulations, the
new HOS rule for property-carrying drivers is as follows:
- Limits maximum work week to 70 hours.
- Truck drivers who reach 70 hours may resume if they rest for 34 consecutive hours.
- Truck drivers must take a 30-minute rest break during first eight hour shift.
- The final rule retains the current 11-hour daily driving limit and 14-hour work day.
Crossen Kooi: Helping Accident Victims Fight for Justice
If you were injured because a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, you
are one of the many victims whose lives have been negatively impacted
by this preventable form of truck driver negligence.
At Crossen Kooi, we are passionate about helping injury victims and this
relentless dedication can be readily observed through our repeated success.
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Contact our Indiana truck accident lawyers today to discuss your options to pursue compensation for your injuries!