Truck accidents are often catastrophic, and sadly, many of them are preventable. Due to long work hours, commercial truck drivers are at a particularly high risk of driver fatigue, which is responsible for more than 90,000 accidents each year and nearly 800 deaths. As a result, it is critical to your safety to be aware of the signs of truck driver fatigue.
Watch for the following warnings signs to help you recognize a truck driver who is fatigued:
Tired drivers are not safe drivers, which means everyone else on the road is at risk. Fatigue can cause a truck driver to get distracted more easily, fail to observe obstacles on the road, under or overreact to road conditions, and in the worst situations, fall asleep.
Truck driver fatigue most often happens when a driver continues working through required rest breaks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has hours of service (HOS) regulations that stipulate how many consecutive hours a truck driver may drive before they must take a mandatory break. However, these rules are often ignored because of tight deadlines. The FMCSA’s HOS regulations are as follows:
Complying with these rules is the truck driver’s responsibility, but also their company’s. If an accident were to occur because of a violation, the truck driver and their employer might be liable.
To ensure a fatigued truck driver is held accountable for your accident, there are critical steps you must take:
Lastly, speak to a San Diego truck accident lawyer for legal advice and assistance with proving the truck driver was fatigued to ensure you recover fair compensation.