Truck drivers usually have hectic schedules and deadlines to beat. Sometimes, it means working overtime which can translate to driver fatigue. Without enough rest, drivers may not pay full attention to their environment on the road or react to situations on time, putting themselves and other motorists at risk.
Occupants of standard vehicles bear the brunt of accidents that involve trucks, which is why you need to be extra vigilant when driving near large commercial vehicles.
Truck driver’s working hours are regulated by law
Some trucking companies pay by the mile, so truckers may be tempted to and even go beyond their capabilities to increase the paycheck. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the number of hours a driver is supposed to be on the road.
Such regulations provide ample resting time for drivers to avoid incidents of fatigued drivers. Unfortunately, not all drivers or trucking companies play by the book. It means that the chances of a truck accident caused by a fatigued driver are still present on the roads.
Have you been in an accident involving a truck?
If you find yourself in an accident with a truck, you need to proceed carefully and safeguard your legal rights. Truck accidents are not your usual car accidents due to the possibility of severe injuries and the legal environment of claims.
The truck driver may have been fatigued, but you need to prove it. Most trucks have advanced computer systems that can tell the whole story around a crash — if the trucker was speeding or was driving beyond the stipulated hours, among others. All these facts will weigh in on your settlement which is why you need to be adequately prepared for what lies ahead as you pursue compensation for your injuries.