Truck Driver Fatigue
Our New Orleans Truck Accident Lawyers Are Here for You & Your Family
Driver fatigue is a common factor in many truck accidents. Although the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates hours-of-service in an effort to reduce tired driver truck accidents, many truck drivers and their employers ignore federal safety regulations and exceed safe hours-of-service limits, endangering all who share the road. A tired truck driver has a decreased reaction time, greatly increasing the chances of a collision.
If you or a loved one was involved in a truck accident caused by a negligent driver, including one who violated hours-of-service regulations, you may be entitled to full compensation for all damages, including your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Over the past few years, The Voorhies Law Firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars in damages for our clients. These achievements are the result of our professional capabilities and commitment to the injured victims and their families. Our talented New Orleans truck accident lawyers are prepared to actively and aggressively pursue the maximum compensation available in cases of catastrophic injury or death.
FMCSA Regulations for Rest & Sleep
Hours-of-service regulations imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on truck drivers include:
- Drivers must work no more than 70 hours per week unless they rest for 34 consecutive hours, including at least two nights between 1 and 5 a.m.
- Drivers must take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift
- Truck drivers cannot drive more than 11 hours per day and cannot work more than 14 hours per day in total
Although these rules differ slightly depending on the type of driver and the vehicle, all commercial truck drivers are required to accurately record all work hours and rest time. While many truck drivers are required to manually record their hours in a log, some vehicles have an electronic on-board recording device.
Who Is Liable in Fatigued Driver-Related Truck Accidents?
Failure to follow federal hours-of-service regulations may constitute negligence on the part of the driver. In other cases, if the driver's employer has demanded driving beyond safe hours-of-service limits, the company itself can be held liable. Either way, when hours-of-service violations lead to serious accidents, victims are within their rights to recover compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and any other damages.
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At The Voorhies Law Firm, we believe that there is no substitute for experience. Our New Orleans truck accident lawyers have the experience that counts, including prior experience defending insurance companies. Simply put, we know how the other side works and what tactics they commonly employ to try to reduce the value of a claim.
Working with a knowledgeable and experienced personal injury lawyer can make all the difference between a favorable outcome and an unfair and unjust settlement. Because we are passionate about fighting for victims' rights, you can be completely confident that we will aggressively pursue justice for your case.