Truck driver fatigue is unfortunately not the exception to the rule, but actually quite common. The reason is that despite regulations to prevent driving long hours, trucking companies and drivers both benefit financially from driving longer than is safe. More deliveries, and more on-time deliveries, give a company a good reputation and greater revenue.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has rules for truckers and other commercial drivers. Drivers should not exceed 11 hours behind the wheel in one shift. The driver must also get 10 hours of rest before getting back behind the wheel. There are also limits on total driving hours in a seven-day or eight-day stretch.
However, truckers commonly ignore the rules and/or fake their log books to get away with it. Not only is reaction time reduced, and falling asleep at the wheel likely, but judgment is also affected by fatigue.
An 18-wheeler can weigh 80,000 lbs and travel just as fast as a passenger car. Combine these factors with the increasing number of distractions today, from cellphones to smartphones to iPods and various electronic and digital gadgets, and the highways seem very hazardous. A semi drifting into oncoming traffic will destroy anything and anyone in its path.
Baton Rouge Personal Injury Lawyers
The Tadda Law Firm fights for people hurt and families who have lost a loved one in truck accidents involving truck driver fatigue. Attorney Erik Tadda has been practicing law since 1991. For nearly 20 years he has devoted himself to the practice of helping people get compensation when their injuries have been the result of another’s negligence. Both he and associate attorney Jeremy S. Hader are committed to their clients. Contact the Baton Rouge, Louisiana, truck accident attorneys.