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Truck Driver Fatigue

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Personal Injury

Driving while fatigued is a dangerous practice for any driver, regardless of vehicle type. However, operating a large truck while drowsy or fatigued is an equation for disaster. Every year, thousands are killed, and even more are injured, in accidents involving fatigued truckers. Although commercial trucking continues to be a highly regulated industry, truck driver fatigue remains a leading cause of trucking collisions. As attorneys that represent the victims of these horrific and often life-altering crashes, the Gainesville attorneys of Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A. are committed to seeking justice on behalf of those harmed due to the negligent, reckless, and in many cases, unlawful actions, of truck drivers and the companies that employ these irresponsible individuals.

Anyone that has ever shared the roadway with a large truck knows the dangers of these massive vehicles. While many of us try to ‘keep our distance’ or ‘steer clear’ from semi-tractor trailers, big-rigs, and other large trucks, avoiding them altogether is nearly impossible. Unfortunately, relying on truckers to drive in a reasonable manner, can have devastating consequences. Trucking companies, the federal government, and even truck drivers themselves know this. Yet truck collisions continue to occur—and why? Well, sadly, much of this problem can be attributed to financial gain and greed. In the trucking industry, time is money.

Some place the blame on the actual truck drivers, arguing that it is the driver’s duty to abide by hours-of-service regulations, including adhering to mandatory rest periods—and most importantly, taking a break when they feel drowsy or fatigued, even when it is not required by law. However, the core of the problem resides in the trucking industry, namely the trucking companies that employ these drivers. For instance, companies that pay their drivers per mile are essentially encouraging truckers to push the limits in the number of hours they remain on the road by offering financial incentive.

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Accurate record keeping is another issue within the trucking industry. Pursuant to regulations set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), drivers are required to log their on- and off- duty hours, and their employers are required to keep track of such records. Log book falsification, although unlawful, continues to occur—often going unnoticed until an accident occurs or the company is audited. Again, while truck drivers have the responsibility to maintain accurate log books, their employers share the same responsibility to ensure that the drivers they employ are not violating the law.

Consider, for example, a trucker that drives from point A to point B, which given mileage calculations, speed limit considerations, required rest periods, and other roadway conditions, would typically take 3 days. Well, if that driver reaches their destination a full day ahead of time—something is clearly wrong. Chances are that driver was either not abiding by hours-of service rules, falsifying their log books, or driving in a reckless manner by speeding. Trucking companies have an ongoing duty to monitor and supervise their drivers, identify inaccuracies in log books and records, and take whatever measures are necessary to ensure full adherence to any and all safety regulations set forth under current laws.

The risk of sustaining fatal or catastrophic injury is far greater in trucking collisions than with many other type of motor vehicle collisions. Often time, truck drivers that cause a crash are able to escape with little to no harm, while the occupants of passenger vehicles are rarely that fortunate—this is just one of the many factors that drives us in our efforts to seek justice on behalf of those harmed by commercial truckers. At the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A., our Gainesville Truck Accident attorneys are dedicated to obtaining nothing less than the maximum amount of financial recovery that a victim deserves. Let us do the same for you.