Truck Driver Fatigue
Holding Negligent Truckers & Truck Companies Liable
Driving tired can substantially increase one’s risks for causing preventable accidents and injuries. When a tired driver is behind the wheel of a massive commercial truck or tractor-trailer that can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, those risks are even more dangerously elevated, and innocent victims also face greater chances of suffering catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. That’s why the trucking industry must comply with a number of regulations designed to keep fatigued truckers off our roads, and why truckers and trucking companies can be held liable when they cause preventable harm.
Our Clinton truck accident lawyers at Cantrell, Goodge & Associates are dedicated advocates for injured victims, as well as for families who have lost loved ones in fatal accidents. When handling truck accident cases, we understand that victims and families often have elevated needs due to the high potential for serious injuries and damages. We also know that commercial insurers that have policies with trucking companies are aggressive in defending against personal injury and wrongful death claims, which is why we fight aggressively to ensure our clients maximize their chances of securing the compensation they need.
Our legal team proudly serves clients throughout the region from offices in Clinton and Knoxville, Tennessee. Call today for a free case evaluation: (865) 999-0101.
Trucking Regulations & Tired Driving
Because tired truckers pose considerable hazards to public safety (AAA researchers have noted that driving tired can be just as dangerous as driving drunk), our laws staunchly regulate truck drivers and trucking companies. For example, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces a number of regulations known as Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules. These rules are specifically designed to prevent tired truckers from getting behind the wheel, and include:
- Time limits for hours on-duty
- Driving limits for truckers after coming on duty
- Mandatory rest breaks
- Limits to hours worked in a week
- Log recording for time on and off duty and time spent driving
Both truck drivers and their employers have a legal responsibility to adhere to these regulations, and to ensure that reasonable measures are taken to reduce risks posed by any preventable hazards, such as working a driver too much, or having them skip rest breaks. Often, trucking companies motivated by profits will violate safety regulations like hours-of-service rules in order to more quickly deliver goods and cargo.
Understanding Your Rights as a Victim
Following any type of truck accident, it is important to remember that you have a legal right to pursue a recovery of your damages (medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and more) from the at-fault party. Proving fault and liability is not always easy, however, especially when companies and insurance providers do all they can to deny and dispute victims’ claims. As such, it becomes important to exercise your right to legal representation when navigating the complexities of the personal injury or wrongful death claim process.
By working with our proven personal injury lawyers at Cantrell, Goodge & Associates, you can gain the support of seasoned and passionate advocates who prioritize your rights. We help by conducting full investigations into the underlying cause of your accident, working to clearly establish who can be held at fault and whether any violations occurred, and fighting back against the insurance company when negotiating or litigating for a fair financial recovery. In every case we work, we fight for the maximum compensation possible.
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Time is a critical factor following preventable accidents, as it can provide attorneys with the time needed to build strong and effective claims, and because there are time limits in place for filing personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits in the state of Tennessee. Don’t wait to gain the support of experienced attorneys who care about your case and your future. Contact us today to get started.