THE DANGERS OF TRUCK DRIVER FATIGUE

 

MARYLAND AND VIRGINIA PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY

Driving a truck is a challenging line of work that is essential to the economy, but mentally and physically demanding. As indispensable as their services are to our nation’s economy, they can also pose a threat to drivers on roads if they fail to follow standard protocol.

Nearly 20,000 people are injured and 750 people die every year as a direct result of tired commercial drivers, reports The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMCSA has mandated hours of service (HOS) regulations to avoid driver fatigue and serious car accidents.

According to these rules, truck drivers are expected to do the following:

  • Take a 30-minute break during the first 8 hours of their shift
  • Not exceed 70 hours of driving per week
  • Not exceed daily driving limit
  • Take mandatory rest breaks

If a driver fails to adhere to these regulations for any reason, getting behind the wheel in a fatigued state can be considered negligence. If you have been injured in a truck accident you suspect was due to driver fatigue, you need to discuss your matter with me as soon as possible.

HOLDING NEGLIGENT DRIVERS RESPONSIBLE

I, Mark A. Epstein, Attorney at Law, have handled various kinds of personal injury cases, including those involving truck driver fatigue. I can carefully review the details surrounding your accident and determine if the truck driver violated HOS regulations. If that is the case, I can file a claim on your behalf so that you can receive compensation for your injuries. Personal injury claims may also deter truck drivers from violating HOS regulations, making the roads a safer place for all.

INJURED? SEEK COMPENSATION BY FILING A CLAIM!

Filing a claim with the skilled guidance of a Baltimore County personal injury lawyer such as me can give your case the strongest chances of obtaining the maximum compensation possible. I grant all my clients 24/7 access and affordable payment plan options to set their minds at ease.

Ready to begin filing your personal injury claim? Please contact me to discuss your specific case. I would be happy to answer your questions in a free case evaluation. Together, we can work towards a favorable case outcome.