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Was Your Accident Caused by a Tired Truck Driver?

The moment a tired truck driver gets behind the wheel, the chances that a truck accident will occur greatly increases. Truck driver fatigue is among the leading causes of truck accidents across the nation. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, more than 20,000 injuries may be related to accidents caused by tired truck drivers every year.

I, Attorney Abrahams, strongly believe that this is 20,000 injuries too many. Considering that most of these accidents could have been completely preventable if the truck driver had obeyed the law, I am here to make certain all injured victims receive the compensation and justice that they deserve. If you were injured in an accident caused by a tired truck driver, come to my Farmington Hills car accident law firm immediately. I can help you pursue your full damages.

Federal Laws Related to Fatigued Driving

According to current federal laws, truck drivers are only limited to 70-work hours per week. Compared to the national average of 40-hour work weeks for many other professionals, however, spending nearly 100 hours on the public roads and highways could be too much to ask for commercial truck drivers.

This revealing statistic combined with the pressure felt by many commercial truck drivers to reach point A to point B as quick as possible in order to gain a profit could cause many truck drivers to cut corners – and cut their mandatory rest hours. This could even mean that truck drivers will continue to drive for 12 to 14 hours at a time, leaving them tired, groggy, and at higher risk of accident.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration clearly states:

  • No driver is permitted to operate a motor vehicle when his / her ability or alertness is impaired by fatigue, illness or any other cause that makes it unsafe to drive
  • No driver is allowed to drive more than 11 consecutive hours without taking a 10-hour break
  • Truck drivers can only clock a maximum of 14 hours at work, 11 of which spent on the road

Fatigued drivers can present serious hazards when sharing the roads with other drivers and the damage could be completely devastating. Yet, tired drivers continue to drive – for a multitude of reasons. From demanding employers, tight delivery deadlines, or logging more hours, miles, and time in one day for a bigger paycheck, the reasons are endless.

Take Action with a Farmington Hills Truck Accident Attorney

Anytime a tired driver acts negligently and directly puts the lives of others at risk, I am here to make certain that the liable driver is held accountable for their actions. If you were injured due to a tired truck driver, come to Abrahams Law. As a skilled car accident lawyer, I have helped countless former clients recover millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. I'm here to help you.

Do you think a truck driver violated an hour of service regulation? Do you think that this violation caused your accident and your injuries? If so, I can conduct thorough investigations to determine various factors in your accident and utilize my findings to build your car accident claim.

For more information about trucking laws that may have an impact on your truck accident claim in Farmington Hills, contact Abrahams Law today.