Trucker Fatigue and Accidents in Cincinnati
When the Cincinnati truck accident attorneys at The Moore Law Firm represent
a client who has been injured or has lost a loved one in a
truck accident, we waste no time in starting an
accident investigation to accurately determine the causes of the crash. What frequently contributes
to crash is the disturbing fact that the truck driver was suffering from
the effects of fatigue at the time of the accident. Nearly anyone with
a driver's license has had the experience of struggling to keep the
eyelids open after a long day of driving, and we all know just how dangerous
it is to drive while tired. The thought that a commercial truck driver-whose
vehicle weighs up to 80,000 pounds and is capable of causing catastrophic
damage in a collision-would take this risk is astonishing, yet it is exactly
what happens in many cases.
Fatigue reduces one's awareness, increases reaction time and can even
impair a driver's judgment. Driving while tired is, in many ways,
every bit as bad as drinking and driving. Unfortunately, many truck drivers
willingly stay on the wheel for long periods after they should have stopped
to rest. Why would they do this? The fact is that many truckers are under
incredible pressure from their employers to meet stiff delivery deadlines,
in addition to the fact that truck drivers are often paid by the mile.
The economic incentive is great enough that many truckers will place their
own lives, and the lives of everyone else on the road, in danger by driving
Regulations to Prevent Tired Driving
The commonsense idea that truck drivers should not be allowed to stay on
the road is reinforced by federal law. The U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacts and enforces Hours
of Service regulations, rules which restrict the number of hours that
a trucker can continuously drive before stopping to rest. Some truckers
attempt to cheat the system by falsifying the log books which they are
required to keep, but this can often be proven with a thorough investigation.
If your accident was caused by a tired truck driver, let us help you pursue
the compensation you deserve. We believe in holding negligent parties
accountable, and we encourage you to contact us now for a free consultation.