Houston Fatigued Semi-Truck Driver Accident
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Houston, Texas 77056
Technically speaking, commercial driver fatigue is the result of physical
and mental exertion that impairs a person’s ability to function,
according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. When fatigued,
a semi-truck driver is unable to safely operate a big rig. The percentage
of fatigued semi drivers in Houston are considered fatigued is considerable.
About one in six big rig collisions are classified as Houston fatigued
semi-truck driver accidents.
If you have suffered injuries, damages, or losses in an accident you believe
was caused by a Houston fatigued semi-truck driver, you undoubtedly have
a good many questions. The Doan Law Firm Houston Truck Accident Lawyer
Hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including all major
holidays. You can get answers to your questions right now, and even schedule
a consultation, by calling (832) 835-000.
Cheating the System: Commercial Truck Drivers and Time Limits on the Road
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established specific
regulations about how long a commercial truck driver can operate a big
rig. A semi driver can be behind the wheel of a commercial truck for no
more than 11 hours in a 24-hour period. Additionally, a rig operator can
only be on duty – driving and tending to four hours’ worth
of non-driving activity (including breaks) – for a maximum of 14
hours in a 24-hour period. A driver must have 10 consecutive hours completely
off duty in a 24-hour time period.
The sad reality is that commercial truck drivers and trucking companies
routinely game the system and do not abide by these regulations. In simple
terms, some drivers and trucking companies alike lie about a rig operator’s
schedule and time on the road. This illicit conduct leaves motorists like
you at serious risk.
There are a number of ways in which truck drivers and trucking companies
“cheat the system” and endanger innocent people in Houston
and elsewhere around the country every single day of the year. These tactics
include making false entries into an operator’s log.
Pharmaceuticals, Fatigue and Big Rig Collisions
In addition to falsifying operating records, semi drivers utilize pharmaceuticals
and other mind-altering substances as a means of staying a wake and driving
for longer periods of time. The reality is that while there are substances
that can keep individuals awake for extended periods of time, not falling
asleep doesn’t mean a rig operator is attentive or in a condition
to drive a big rig.
Parties Responsible for a Houston Fatigued Semi-Truck Accident
Not only will a big rig operator be held responsible for injuries causes
on a fatigued driver semi accident. The trucking company is also a potentially
responsible party. Generally speaking, employers are liable for the harm
caused by their employees.
There are other parties that potentially could be held partially responsible
for a fatigued driver commercial truck accident. For example, the company
that contracted with a trucking company to carry a load might be deemed
at least partially responsible for harm caused by a fatigued truck driver.
Take a Proactive Stance in Protecting Your Legal Rights
Proving that a Houston big-rig operator was fatigued at the time of an
accident can prove to challenging. Indeed, the number of accidents attributed
to fatigue is likely below the true tally. As mentioned previously, a
stunning number of drivers and trucking companies falsify records in an
attempt to avoid responsibility for injuries, damages, and losses caused
by this type of Houston truck accident. In addition, records and other
vital physical evidence has way of “going missing” if not
collected in the immediate aftermath of a big rig accident.
Understanding the unique challenges of pursuing a claim based on an allegation
a driver fatigued caused an accident, you must take a truly proactive
stance in retaining legal counsel, like a skilled Houston truck accident
lawyer from The Doan Law Firm. You can schedule an appointment with an
attorney from our firm by calling us at (832) 835-0000 any time. You can
schedule an appointment at our office conveniently located in Houston at:
1 Riverway, Suite 2325
Houston, Texas 77056
An appointment can also be scheduled at your home or even at the hospital,
depending on your situation.
The Doan Law Firm Attorney Fee Guarantee
The Doan Law Firm makes an attorney fee guarantee to our clients. Our firm
never charges an attorney fee unless we obtain a favorable settlement
or judgment in a fatigued big rig operator case.