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Houston Fatigued Semi-Truck Driver Accident

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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.

An appointment can also be scheduled at your home or even at the hospital, depending on your situation.

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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.

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  1. After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.
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