Driver fatigue is one of the most common issues behind truck accidents, with more than 20,000 injuries annually that are directly related to accidents caused by fatigue. Commercial drivers are held to regulations and driving rules, but they aren't always followed. A Clarksburg personal injury attorney can help uncover negligence when it comes to your accident claim.
The FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) is working to change regulations so that drivers have more time to rest and are on the roads less in a 24-hour period.
Currently, the regulations in place allow for 10 hours of driving consecutively with a required 8-hour break after that, all of which is required to be recorded in a logbook. This means that drivers can actually be on the road for as many as 16 hours in one day (24-hour period), and it can be dangerous.
Any tired driver is going to be a risk on the roads. With commercial drivers, the risk is even higher because they are drive bigger vehicles with the potential to do far more damage.
What's more is that these drivers often assume that as professionals, they know what they are doing and put themselves and others at even more risk. With so many injury accidents and more than 750 fatalities annually related to commercial driver fatigue, something needs to be done.
If you have been the victim of a truck accident in which driver fatigue is to blame, you deserve compensation. A Clarksburg personal injury attorney can help you get justice. Talk to the experienced lawyers at The Miley Legal Group today by calling 1-877-652-1031.