Being tired when behind the wheel is always extremely dangerous, but when you’re responsible for keeping a multi-ton truck on the road, the consequences of being even slightly fatigued can be deadly. Factors such as impractical deadlines and erratic sleep schedules often leave truck drivers feeling as though they have no choice but to begin or continue routes while feeling fatigued. However, truck drivers have a heightened responsibility to take precautions to avoid being involved in an accident and to adhere to hours-of-service (HOS) regulations. If you have been injured by an accident due to truck driver fatigue, you have a right to compensation. Contact our Phoenix truck driver fatigue accident lawyers today for a free consultation.
The motivation to stay on the road, even when dangerously tired is often due to:
To combat exhaustion, drivers may consume caffeine, or even narcotics to keep them stimulated. This act can further impair a trucker, and increase the risk of an accident. When a collision does occur, the driver and their company may be liable for the injuries caused.
The following hours-of-service (HOS) regulations are in place to try to put a stop to trucker fatigue. They ensure drivers get the rest they need to safely operate commercial vehicles that are carrying property:
Drivers can drive for a maximum of 11 hours after being off duty for 10 straight hours.
Truckers cannot drive more than 14 hours after coming on duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Spending more hours off duty does not extend this 14-hour limitation.
Truck drivers are only allowed to drive if eight hours or less have passed since their last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes.
Drivers are prohibited from driving after spending between 60 and 70 hours on duty over a period of seven or eight straight days. The seven or eight consecutive days restart after the driver takes 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.
These rules are continuously updated and altered. Additionally, truckers are required to maintain detailed logbooks reflecting compliance with these rules.
Our team at Torgenson Law is dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured, and we are ready to begin working on your case. No matter how you were hurt in a truck accident if you believe driver fatigue was a factor, our Phoenix personal injury attorneys carefully investigate to find all evidence of negligence to support your claim. Call (602) 759-0012 today and schedule your free consultation.