Driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of crashes in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that drowsy driving cause at least 100,000 crashes and kills more than 1,550 Americans each year. The pressure placed on truck driver to drive more miles in the minimum amount of time often results in truck drivers working long hours and operating their trucks with insufficient restWhen these accidents involve large trucks, the risk of catastrophic injuries or death increases significantly due to the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller motor vehicles. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, trucks weigh approximately 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and are significantly taller with greater
The problem of fatigue truck drivers is so prevalent that on July 1, 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) announced new safety regulations for the trucking industry to avoid driver fatigue. The FMCSA’s new rules limit the maximum average work week for truck driver to 70 hours (a decrease from 82) if they rest for 34 consecutive hours, including at least two nights, and requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift. Truck drivers are not permitted to drive more than 11 consecutive hours in a 14 hour period which must be followed by 10 hours off-duty. Commercial truck drivers must comply with these rules to avoid danger to themselves and other on the road.
Trucking companies and drivers that violate the rules may be fined $11,000 per offense and the drivers themselves could face civil penalties of up to $2,750 for each offense. In addition to the above-mentioned fines, the trucking company and driver could also be sued for damages due to an accident caused by a fatigued driver. If you were injured in a truck-related accident you may be able to recover past and future medical expenses, wage loss, pain and suffer and loss of normal life.
There are many types of motor vehicle accidents that can be caused by a fatigued truck drivers, including lane departures, failure to yield to other vehicles, rear-end accidents, and many others. Accidents involving large trucks are often very complex, which makes it crucial to be represented by a lawyer who knows how to prepare and present a persuasive case. The Chicago accident lawyer at Stein & Shulman, LLC know what it takes to successfully pursue a claim against the truck driver and trucking company responsible for causing the accident. We know what it takes to fight for your rights and obtain maximum compensation for you or your family member’s injuries.
If you have been involved in a truck related accident do not hesitate to contact our firm and speak with one of our attorneys for FREE. The longer you delay the more difficult it becomes to obtain a settlement that adequately compensate you for your injures. Call us today at (312) 422-0500 for a free consultation with a skilled truck accident lawyer.