The Serious Problem Of Truck Driver Fatigue
Commercial truck drivers are required to follow strict rules and regulations put forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). These rules and regulations can be quite confusing and complicated. If you were injured in a semi-truck crash caused by truck driver fatigue, you need an experienced Spring trucking accident lawyer on your side.
My staff and I at the Law Office Of Gregory P. Lee PLLC provide dedicated legal services to individuals injured in commercial trucking accidents. As I understand the weight of your future can rest on the settlement I pursue for you, I will make sure that all the work my staff and I do for you is geared to obtaining maximum compensation for you. Contact my firm to learn more.
Understanding Hours Of Service And Truck Driver Fatigue
The FMCSA regulates the number of hours a commercial truck driver can drive in any given 24-hour period. It also requires truck drivers to take extended breaks after longer trips. Truck drivers are then required to keep track of their hours within their log books. Highway safety patrol and truck companies then review these logs to ensure that the drivers are complying with these rules and regulations.
Unfortunately, truck drivers are not rewarded for the time they do not drive. Each truck driver earns money for the miles he or she covers, not for “down” time. This can lead some truck drivers to improperly log their hours so they can get paid more, and so their companies can earn more. These actions can lead to truck driver fatigue, which then leads to trucks running off the road, jackknifing, rolling over and other types of auto accidents.
Contact A Texas Semi Truck Crash Attorney Today
After you have suffered a serious personal injury such as a brain injury or spinal cord injury in a tractor-trailer accident, it is important to know that financial and legal aspects are best handled by a lawyer who has proven to be an effective advocate. My track record includes grateful testimonies from injured clients who received full compensation thanks to our efforts on their behalf.
Contact my law firm by phone or email to schedule a consultation. My staff and I serve clients throughout the Houston area including: Spring, Conroe, Tomball, Magnolia and other Texas communities.