When Trucker Fatigue Causes Accidents
Truck driver fatigue is among the top 10 causes of truck accidents in the U.S. In fact, trucker fatigue contributes to at least 1 in every 8 truck accidents that occurs in the nation each year.1
While transportation safety officials have implemented various regulations to try to prevent trucker fatigue and the accidents it can cause, exhausted commercial motorists are still getting behind the wheel, violating trucking regulations and threatening the safety of others on the roads.
At the Law Offices of Pius Joseph, our Pasadena accident attorneys are skilled proving when trucker fatigue has played a role in causing crashes. Known for providing effective, vigorous legal advocacy, as well as compassionate service, our lawyers are ready to help you pursue all available legal remedies if you have been hurt in an accident resulting from trucker fatigue.
The Dangers of Truck Driver Fatigue
The primary reason that trucker fatigue is so dangerous – and is so often a factor in truck accidents – is that fatigue can end up causing impairments similar to intoxication. In fact, as research has established, trucker fatigue can:
- Significantly impair truckers’ perception, coordination and reaction times
- Start causing these dangerous impairments after just two nights of getting 5 hours (or less) of sleep
- Result in impairments similar to those exhibited by drivers with BACs of 0.10 after 24 hours without sleep.
HOS Rules & Trucker Fatigue
Hours-of-service (HOS) regulations2 have been in place for years to try to put a stop to trucker fatigue and ensure that drivers are taking the time to get the rest they need to safely operate commercial vehicles.
These rules, which have been updated and altered over the years, essentially limit the number of hours truckers can drive in a given day and week. They also require drivers to maintain detailed log books reflecting compliance with these rules.
Liability for Truck Accidents Caused by Fatigued Drivers
Despite HOS rules and other regulations, some truckers and/or trucking companies continue to try to evade rules, compromising the interests of public safety to try to increase their own profits. In fact, truckers can and do commit HOS violations for a number of different reasons, getting behind the wheel when they are fatigued due to:
- Pressure from trucking companies, which may have set unrealistic delivery deadlines
- The desire to obtain early-delivery bonuses, which can be a way that companies incentivize drivers to violate the law in the name of profit.
When fatigued truckers end up causing accidents, they and/or the trucking companies they work for can be held liable for compensating accident victims.
Contact a Pasadena Personal Injury Lawyer at the Law Offices of Pius Joseph
If you have been hurt by a fatigued trucker – or by any type of truck driver negligence, contact a Pasadena personal injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Pius Joseph for vigorous representation and effective legal advocacy moving forward.
Call us at (626) 397-1050 or email us via the contact form on this page to schedule a free, no obligations consult with one of our attorneys.
From offices based in Pasadena, we provide superior representation and service to injured people throughout Los Angeles County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, Orange County, San Diego County and the state of California.
1: According to the Federal Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)
2: HOS Rules enforced by the FMCSA