Tired Drivers and Claims of Trucker Fatigue in Long Beach
Have you been injured by a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel?
When you have a high-profile vehicle such as a commercial truck or tractor-trailer traveling at a high rate of speed and weighing up to 80,000 pounds, you have a potentially deadly combination. Studies have shown that whenever a driver gets distracted and takes his or her attention off the road while driving the consequences can be deadly. With the number of trucks traveling in and out of the Long Beach area, it only takes one tired truck driver to cause to a catastrophic truck accident with multiple fatalities.
If you have been injured by a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel, we strongly advise you contact a Long Beach truck accident lawyer at our firm immediately. Our firm has years of experience representing the victims of truck accidents, car accidents, and other types of
personal injury accidents. We are well-versed on Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations and we understand the federal requirements that trucking companies and truck drivers must meet while involved in any type of commercial trucking. Our firm has a reputation for getting real results and have a 100% success record with all of the cases we have handled over the last decade. If you are in need of legal representation following a truck accident, we are here to provide you with the aggressive representation you need attain the most optimum results in your case.
Reasons Behind Fatigued Truck Driver Accidents
Federal HOS regulations dictate that a truck driver is only allowed to be behind the wheel of his or her truck for a limited number of hours each day and throughout a 7-8 day period. Truck drivers are also required to take scheduled breaks and be off for a specific amount of time before they begin a new job. To keep track of their schedules and to show evidence that they are abiding by HOS regulations, truck drivers are obligated to keep a detailed logbook or record of their driving time, rest time and mandated breaks. Over the years there have been countless incidents where truck drivers have attempted to falsify their logs or violate HOS regulations so that they could earn more money or try to meet unattainable deadlines.
Some truck drivers have even been known to resort to narcotics to try and help them stay awake during long, cross-country hauls. It is also not uncommon for trucking companies to set unrealistic schedules for their drivers, or turn a blind eye to HOS and other Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) violations, in an effort to get a job completed or for the purpose of turning a profit. Allowing a tired or fatigued driver to get behind the wheel goes beyond simple negligence as it puts that driver and many other innocent lives directly in harm's way.
Consult with a Long Beach truck accident attorney now!
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident caused by a tired driver, our firm will do everything possible to help you corroborate your claim, seek the compensation you are entitled to receive and pursue justice on your behalf. Contact Long Beach truck accident attorney Paul Overett today so we can get started on building your case.