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Because trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, they have the potential to cause catastrophic accidents. The Federal Motor Safety Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set strict hour regulations to ensure all truck drivers are in the in the right state of mind when driving to reduce the likelihood of accidents.
Truck driver fatigue accounts for 13% of all trucking accidents. Fatigued drivers have poorer reaction times and impaired judgment. Additionally, tired drivers can fall asleep at wheel, which is incredibly dangerous for the driver and other motorists on the roadway.
In today’s economy, trucking companies are setting hard and fast deadlines. In order to meet these deadlines, truck drivers feel pressure to ignore federal hours of service regulations. While ignoring regulations might help trick drivers complete jobs more quickly, it puts them at risk for fatigued driving. When truck drivers decide to drive while feeling fatigued, they put everyone at risk.
A collision involving a large truck can cause devastating injuries, particularly for the passengers in the other vehicles involved in the accident. Victims face a wide range of potential harm, ranging from lacerations to paralysis or even death. The medical bills resulting from these injuries can place a heavy financial burden on the shoulders of victims and their families, as medical bills, medications, and the costs of treatment can quickly accumulate.
If you’ve been injured during a truck accident, the experienced Houston truck accident attorneys at Adame Garza LLP can help. We’ve helped hundreds of individuals who in collisions with large trucks, and we can carefully analyze your situation to determine how we can help you. Call us today for a free consultation.