As commercial trucks and freight bearing vehicles pose overwhelming risks for accidents and injuries, the trucking industry is heavily regulated. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces hundreds of laws and regulations that are designed to reduce accident risks and protect the safety of others on the public roadways. Among these laws, there are a number of regulations that specifically concern the dangers of tired drivers. An industry in which employees used to work long, continuous hours, the trucking sector has seen a number of serious accidents caused by overworked drivers. Today, hours-of-service regulations aim to reduce the amount of driving time truck drivers are permitted to work.
FMCSA hours-of-service regulations are dense. In addition to limiting the amount of time drivers are allowed to be on the road and on-duty, these regulations also mandate rest and break periods. Additionally, truck drivers and trucking companies are required to keep extensive logs regarding the hours that drivers do work. When it can be shown that truck drivers and trucking companies violated hours-of-service laws, victims will be able to recover the physical, emotional, and / or financial damages they suffered as the result of an accident. Tired driver truck accident cases may also afford victims the opportunity to pursue punitive damages as a way to further punish negligent truck drivers and companies and to maximize compensation.Discuss Your Case with a North Carolina Auto Accident Attorney
Well-versed in the personal injury claim process, accident investigations, and the legal elements that must be established in truck accident cases, Attorney Carl Nagle and his team of North Carolina truck accident lawyers know precisely how to secure the evidence that proves truck drivers and trucking companies violated hours-of-service regulations. Tired driving is extremely dangerous, even more so than drunk driving, and negligent parties must be held accountable for the accidents they cause. By placing your trust in a firm that has secured millions of dollars in compensation on behalf of injured victims and families, you can receive the representation you need to pursue an effective claim. Contact Nagle & Associates to discuss your case personally with a member of the legal team.