Accidents Caused By Truck Driver Fatigue
Regulations governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) make it clear that truck drivers are restricted in the number of hours they may spend behind the wheel. Truckers are required to maintain careful records (logbooks) of time spent on the road, when they stopped for meals and breaks, and how many hours they spent sleeping.
Truck Driver Too Tired To Drive? Who's At Fault?
A summary overview of the FMCSA regulations §395.1*** regarding truck driver fatigue includes:
- A driver must have at least 10 consecutive hours off duty before starting a driving shift.
- Driving shifts may not exceed 14 hours (including breaks and meals).
- A driver may drive a total of 11 hours over a 14-hour driving shift
- A driver may not drive more than 8 hours straight, without a 30-minute break
Several additional stipulations apply, regarding number of hours worked in a seven-day period.
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If you were involved in a truck accident on any road, highway or interstate freeway in the United States, contact Frantz Law Group, APLC, for help. We hire truck industry experts, accident reconstruction specialists and other independent professionals to thoroughly investigate the accident to determine the extent truck driver fatigue may have affected the accident.
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Truck Driver Sleep Apnea
The FMCSA recognizes that sleep apnea is a highly dangerous condition suffered by thousands of truck drivers on our roads today. A driver suffering from untreated sleep apnea can suddenly fall asleep while driving at any time. FMCSA rules and regulations provide strict guidelines for truck companies and individual drivers suffering from sleep apnea, yet hundreds of truck wrecks occur every year because of health related issues.
Even if you are found partially at fault for the truck accident, if any FMCSA regulations were violated leading up to or during the actual crash, you may be entitled to seek significant monetary damages related to your personal injury or wrongful death claim.
We have experience in all areas of nationwide truck accidents, including:
- Truck accidents caused by a distracted driver
- Truck wrecks resulting from insufficient truck maintenance
- Truck company violations of FMCSA regulations
- Unsecured load or overweight trailer
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***U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Rules and Regulations, §395.1 Maximum Driving Time for Property Carrying Vehicles