Truck Accidents Often Caused By Fatigue

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We all know what it’s like to be deprived of sleep for too long. It becomes difficult to concentrate on the task at hand hard to perform. It’s no different for truckers. When they are fatigued from driving too many hours without enough rest, the chances of a truck accident increase substantially. Truckers often stop for sleep. Just not long enough. The fatigue builds over the days or weeks until tragedy occurs. Trucking companies still constantly ask for lighter regulations from Congress; regulations that allow more leeway for long hours on the road.

 

Trucker fatigue has been a big concern recently and in April 2003, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) set new restrictions on allowed hours on the road to try to cut down on tired truckers. These new hours became effective January 2004. But regulations don’t stop some truckers for “cooking their books” by falsifying their driver logs and other paperwork. This means some truckers may comply with these new regulations on paper only. The longer truckers can drive, the more the profits for the trucking company. So, tired truckers remain a danger on the nation’s highways.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you need an experienced truck accident attorney who knows how truckers operate. Call CGWC for a free consultation about your legal rights.

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