Truck drivers are required to follow the rules and regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In fact, any truck driver in the United States that operates a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) falls under the jurisdiction of these requirements. However, the reality is that truck drivers are encouraged to make as much profit as possible for their employers. Even though strict regulations exist, many truck drivers simply do not follow them, leaving them with serious driver fatigue and placing everyone on the roadways in jeopardy.
Accidents Caused by Truck Driver Fatigue
In almost one-fifth of all crashes involving a truck, the truck driver admitted to falling asleep at the wheel. Despite the FMCSA strict rules and regulations regarding times of rest between working, and requirements to sleep, many truck drivers still drive drowsy or completely fatigued.
The FMCA guidelines state that all truck drivers must follow these requirements:
- Maximum 11-hour driving limit (after 10 consecutive hours off-duty)
- Only driver 60 hours in 7 consecutive days, or 70 hours in 8 consecutive days
- The consecutive driving period can only restart after 34+ consecutive hours off-duty
The National Sleep Foundation states that after 24 hours of sleep deprivation, a person driving a vehicle can exhibit the same amount of impairment as a person driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.10%. Driving while fatigued can impair coordination, slow a driver’s reaction time, impair judgment, and decrease vision.
Truck driver fatigue is a serious issue. When a truck driver drives without the full ability to control a large vehicle, the result is catastrophic accidents that result in horrific personal injuries and oftentimes, death.
Contact an Experienced Accident Attorney Today
If you, or someone you love, were injured in a car accident with a large truck that was due to truck driver fatigue, you likely have suffered severe personal injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering. You have the right to compensation from either the truck driver or the trucking company. Let us help you determine which parties have liability, and help you build your case. Contact Michael J. Redenburg today at (212) 240-9465 or online for a free consultation regarding your case.