Truck Driver Fatigue
Columbus Truck Accident Attorneys
Many estimates put truck driver fatigue at the top of the list for the most
common causes of dangerous truck accidents, as hours on the road seem to make truckers drift to sleep behind the
wheel. In fact, the recent
truck accident case that injured popular comedian Tracy Morgan and took the life of another
was linked to trucker exhaustion. As it should be entirely preventable
to keep a truck driver from getting on the road while fatigued, accidents
stemming from this type of neglect are completely inexcusable.
At Rourke and Blumenthal, our Columbus truck accident lawyers are driven
to succeed on behalf of their clients. We know that you need support and
legal guidance now more than ever before, and we do everything in our
power to take you to a more comfortable place after having been harmed
in a devastating truck accident. To retain the representation of a law
group that has more than 75 years of combined experience handling
personal injury cases, you can start by calling us today at
Drowsiness is as Dangerous as Drunkenness
Recent studies show that exhaustion can be just as debilitating to a driver
as intoxication. While driving while tired is a dangerous habit for the
average motorist, it is absolutely treacherous when a trucker controlling
a multi-ton vehicle behaves in such a way.
Truckers driving while exhausted may fail to:
- Judge distances correctly
- React to stopped traffic
- Handle the steering wheel
- Check mirrors and blind spots
Any sort of mistake a commercial truck driver commits puts everyone around
the massive trailer in danger. The unpredictably of the outcome is only
magnified if the trucker is exhausted or, worse, sleeping.
Regulated Truck Driver Hours
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates how many
hours of service a truck driver may be on the job each week. It also determines
how many hours a trucker needs to have off between shifts. To this end,
the FMSCA does its part to prevent trucker exhaustion from causing truck
accidents. If a collision is caused by a truck driver who is fatigued,
it may be critical evidence to show that they or their parent company
had ignored FMSCA regulations. This alone may be a cornerstone in your
case for pursuing fair compensation.
Getting You On Your Feet Again
At our law firm, we put our clients’ priorities above our own. In
doing so, we can help ensure that they are treated fairly and accordingly.
Whatever you need to recover healthily from your accident, we will want
Some of the things we want your compensation to cover include:
- Initial medical bills
- Vehicle repair or replacement
- Ongoing rehabilitation treatment
- Lost wages
Contact us today and we can begin with a
free case evaluation.