In the realm of personal injury law, one area that often gets overlooked is driver fatigue's role in trucking accidents. At The Roth Firm, LLC, we regularly encounter incidents where tiredness or fatigue significantly contributed to accidents involving large commercial vehicles.
Understanding Driver Fatigue
Driver fatigue refers to exhaustion that impairs a driver's ability to operate their vehicle safely. This often results from inadequate rest, long working hours, strenuous work or non-work activities, or a combination of these factors. Fatigue can become a serious issue for truck drivers often on the road for extended periods.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving was responsible for 684 deaths in 2021 alone. And while these statistics are alarming, the actual numbers could be much higher as many fatigue-related accidents go unreported.
Driver Fatigue and Trucking Accidents
In the trucking industry, strict regulations are in place to manage the number of hours a driver can be on the road. Under the Hours-of-Service regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers are limited to a maximum of 11 hours of driving after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Compliance isn't always guaranteed despite these regulations, and violations can lead to fatigued driving.
The consequences of commercial truck accidents can be devastating due to their size and weight. When a fatigued truck driver loses control of their vehicle, the resulting accident can cause severe injuries or even death.
Seeking Legal Help
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving a fatigued truck driver, seeking legal help is crucial. At The Roth Firm, LLC, we have the experience and knowledge to investigate your case thoroughly, identify if driver fatigue was a factor, and hold the responsible parties accountable.
Navigating the complexities of a personal injury case involving a trucking accident can be challenging. However, our dedicated team will guide you through every step of the process. We're committed to securing the compensation you deserve for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering.
Remember, driver fatigue is not just a risk — it's a form of negligence. Don't let a fatigued driver's poor decision impact your life without seeking justice. Contact The Roth Firm, LLC today to learn more about how we can assist you in your personal injury case.