Injured in a Truck Accident Caused by a Tired Driver?
In many truck accidents today, driver fatigue is a common element. Although the Dept of Transportation regulates hours of service in an effort to reduce auto accidents on the streets and highways that are a result of fatigued commercial truck operators, many truck drivers and their employers may ignore federal safety regulations and exceed safe HOS limits, endangering all who share the road. A tired driver operates a truck with decreased reaction time, greatly increasing the chances of a collision.
You may be entitled to full compensation for all damages if you have been injured in a truck accident, and the collision was the result of a tired driver failing to operate his or her vehicle safely. Over the past few years, the Voorhies Law Firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars in damages. These achievements are the result of our professional capabilities and commitment to the injured victims and their families. Our talented New Orleans truck accident lawyers will actively and aggressively pursue the maximum compensation available in cases of injury or death.
FMCSA Regulations for Rest and Sleep
As imposed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the following hours of service rules on commercial trucks drivers and their employers are as follows:
- Work no more than 70 hours per week unless they rest for 34 consecutive hours, including at least two nights between 1 and 5 a.m.
- Take a 30-minute break during the first eight hours of a shift.
- Drive no more than 11 hours per day and work no more than 14 hours per day in total.
Although these rules may differ slightly depending on the type of driver and the vehicle, the driver is required to correctly record in a log all work hours and rest time; some vehicles have an electronic on-board recording device. The failure to follow these federal regulations regarding hours of service may constitute negligence on the part of the driver; or, if the driver's employer has demanded driving beyond safe HOS limits, the company, itself, is held liable. Either way, when a violation leads to a serious accident, the victims are within their rights to recover damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and any other damages.
SPEAK TO OUR NEW ORLEANS TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER TODAY
At Voorhies Law Firm, we have the experience that counts, including having prior experience defending insurance companies. Simply put, we know how the other side works and what tactics they commonly employ to reduce the value of a claim. Therefore, if you are looking for a personal injury attorney, you will need one with an exceptional level of experience and knowledge. This can make the difference between a favorable outcome and an unfair and unjust settlement. Because we are passionate about fighting for victims' rights, you can be completely confident that we will aggressively pursue justice for your case.
You can either request a free online case evaluation or contact our office today in order to get your claim moving forward.