Truck Driver Fatigue
Houston Trucking Accident Attorney
There are strict laws limiting how many hours a trucker can drive continually and how many hours total a trucker can drive in a week. Driver fatigue is one of the most dangerous potential problems for truckers, as evidenced by an NHTSA study that found that over 30 percent of all truck drivers killed in accidents involved driver fatigue or falling asleep at the wheel.
Law firm of Stephen Boutros, LTD., personal injury lawyer is dedicated to protecting the rights of people who have been injured in accidents caused by tired drivers. Whether a trucker fell asleep behind the wheel or was too tired to properly operate a vehicle, he or she should be held accountable for his or her negligence. Carefully investigating the circumstances of your case, we will seek maximum compensation on your behalf.
The sooner we begin the investigation, the more we can do to preserve evidence and protect your rights. Do not hesitate to contact my Houston law office or call me at (713) 425-4300 to schedule a free, no-hassle consultation regarding your truck accident.
Truck Driver Fatigue in Harris County
With extensive experience protecting the rights of truck accident victims, my firm can recognize the signs of driver fatigue. We will inspect the truck driver’s logbook and gas receipts and check black box and GPS data to determine whether or not a driver exceeded the amount of allowable hours. Drivers are always looking for ways to cut corners and extend their hours in order to meet deadlines, but when they do so, they put other motorists on the roadway at risk.
Every truck is required by law to have a black box, which records information regarding truck speed and other maneuvers. If a truck was drifting in between lanes and making sudden steering adjustments, it may be a sign of driver fatigue.
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Recently, there have been new regulations allowing truck drivers to drive for longer hours. Also, transportation companies often look to maximize their profits by encouraging their drivers to driver for longer hours. Many safety experts believe that this leads to more driver fatigue and more truck accidents. Spending long hours on the road, drivers rely on caffeine and other substances to stay awake and driver longer, when that runs out, they can lose control before they realize it.
There is no excuse for truckers falling asleep at the wheel. If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, make sure you get fair compensation. From our offices in Houston, we offer a flexible appointment schedule, including home and hospital visits. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation and learn more.