Driver Fatigue and Truck Accidents
According to experts, drivers of large trucks are 10 times more likely to cause an accident, over other factors such as bad weather, adverse road conditions, and poor vehicle performance. Action (or lack of action) by drivers is the reason for approximately 88 percent of collisions, and the most common causes of trucking accidents are driver fatigue and sleep deprivation.
Why Do Truckers Drive When They Are Tired?
The tight deadlines imposed by trucking companies can mean more hours behind the wheel with fewer opportunities to rest for truckers, who get paid only when they are driving. Log books are used to verify that a trucker is not spending too much time behind the wheel, but some drivers resort to falsifying their records so they can stay on the road and get more miles in the day. Their logs show themselves sleeping when in reality they are out on the road, earning more miles and therefore more money.
Comedian and celebrity Tracy Morgan’s tragic accident in June 2014, involving a trucker who crashed into Morgan’s limousine bus after not sleeping for over 24 hours, has called attention to the problem of dozing truck drivers. Before 2013, truck drivers were allowed to work a maximum of 82 hours per week, but Federal rules have cut that number to 70 hours, or no more than 14 hours for any shift and 11 hours of driving. The trucker who crashed into Morgan’s limo is accused of vehicular homicide for killing one person and injuring three others in the accident.
Contact Our Truck Accident Law Firm Today
If you were seriously injured in an accident involving a drowsy truck driver, contact the Charlotte, North Carolina, truck accident attorneys at Nagle & Associates, P.A. online or call (800) 411-1583 to schedule your free initial case evaluation today.