Have you been hit by a truck recently or know somebody that has? It may seem like a simple accident that could have happened to anyone, but the causes are often deeper than that. It could be a case of driver fatigue and if it is, then you could have grounds for a claim against the trucker or trucking company for any losses you or the other person have suffered due to the accident. If you contact truck accident lawyers they will be able to tell you whether or not you have a solid case. So what is driver fatigue? Let’s take a little look.
Studies have repeatedly shown that those that are driving trucks are often subject to long shifts and unobtainable targets. This will in turn cause the driver to become lethargic and less aware of their surroundings. Now think about it, what happens if you get tired? That’s right, you drift off to sleep. Now imagine doing that while behind the wheel of a huge truck. You are basically a weapon looking for a target.
There are currently regulations coming into force in July 2013 which are aimed to reduce driver fatigue, but unfortunately with the targets truck drivers need to reach many of them actually flaunt the regulations. If they do, then you have a claim and should get in touch with a truck accident lawyer. These are the current proposed regulations:
- May not drive more than 11 hours in a 14 hour shift unless they have taken a break for at least 10 hours.
- You can only drive 60 hours within 7 days, after that you have to take a restart period of 36 hours.
As you can see, these regulations are changing drastically. Sadly, however, trucking companies and their drivers may look for ways around these regulations. This increases the possibility of accidents on the road and you could be the one affected by them. Drivers have admitted that fairly often they do not complete their log book sufficiently, which means that many hours are going unaccounted for and there are clear breaches of the law. Why should you suffer because of the driver’s negligence?
David Zevan is a member of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice Interstate Trucking Litigation Group. Since 1991, our Truck Accident Lawyers have been standing up for the rights of truck accident victims in St. Louis, Missouri and Illinois.