Truck Driver Fatigue

Truck driver fatigue is a serious issue among commercial drivers, many of whom are fully aware of the dangers of driving while fatigued and yet do it anyways at the cost of others’ safety. Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has tried to curb this reckless practice by instituting federal hours-of-service regulations, all-too-often drivers and trucking companies ignore and violate these regulations – sometimes going so far as to forge driving logs.

When truck driver fatigue causes accidents, the Montgomery and Birmingham truck accident lawyers at Joe M. Reed & Associates will fight for victims’ rights.

When truck driver fatigue causes accidents, the Montgomery and Birmingham truck accident lawyers at Joe M. Reed & Associates will fight for victims’ rights.

When this form of truck driver negligence causes accidents, the Montgomery and Birmingham truck accident lawyers at Joe M. Reed & Associates, LLC will be ready to fight for victims’ rights and hold the negligent truckers responsible in any legal setting.

Truck Driver Fatigue Facts and Statistics

The following truck driver fatigue facts and statistics spotlight how often this form of negligence occurs. This information has been published by the FMCSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other esteemed organizations.

  • Truck driver fatigue is the seventh (7th) leading cause of truck accidents in the U.S. and has been linked to causing more than 13 percent of all trucking accidents that occur each year.
  • Truck driver fatigue is far more likely to be an issue on longer hauls (i.e., hauls that are longer than 51 miles from their starting point).
  • About 25 percent of truck drivers have admittedly fallen asleep while driving at least once within the past month.
  • The effects of sleep deprivation can be as debilitating as the effects of alcohol intoxication. In fact, researchers have found that, after staying awake for 24 consecutive hours, the impairments drivers experience are similar to those exhibited by people with blood alcohol contents (BACs) of 0.10. While 0.10 is well above the legal limit for drivers of passenger vehicles, it is more than double the legal limit for commercial truckers (for whom the legal limit is 0.04).

The bottom line is that:

  • Accidents caused by truck driver fatigue are preventable.
  • When these accidents occur, victims will likely be entitled to compensation for their medical bills, car repair bills and other losses.

Montgomery and Birmingham Truck Accident Attorneys at Joe M. Reed & Associates LLC 

After a truck accident, don’t hesitate to contact the Montgomery and Birmingham truck accident lawyers at Joe M. Reed & Associates LLC. We have been aggressive advocates for injured people for more than 16 years, and we are firmly committed to obtaining justice in every case we oversee.

When you count on us to represent you, you can rest assured that our skilled and dependable Montgomery and Birmingham truck accident attorneys will build you a strong case, will stand up for your rights at every step of the legal process and will work tirelessly to resolve your case as favorably as possible. You can also rely on the fact that our lawyers will provide you with honest answers about your best options, will always return your calls and answer your questions and will keep you informed about the progress of your case at every stage of the legal process.

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