Injured in a truck accident due to truck driver exhaustion?
Getting in the car to drive to work each day necessarily requires sharing the road with an increasing number of large trucks or “Commercial Motor Vehicles” (CMVs). What is not known as you travel alongside one of these CMVs is how long that truck driver has been driving without sleep. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, a CMV driver can drive up to 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. He can be on duty for up to 14 hours total which includes driving and other non-driving tasks. If you add tightened shipping schedules to the mix, causing the driver to push the limit, too often this situation is a recipe for disaster.
A fully loaded tractor-trailer rig at 80,000 pounds barreling down the freeway with an exhausted, sleepy driver has the potential for dire consequences. The injuries from a collision with a vehicle of this size and weight can be deadly, as the smaller vehicle is no match for the heavy mass of the truck. When the truck driver is tired or sleepy, his reaction time can become impaired adding to the magnitude of the situation. The injuries can be so severe as to cause permanent disability, loss of limb or even, tragically, loss of life itself. This is the time to get help from an experienced Houston truck accident attorney from The Doan Law Firm.
Truck Accident Lawyer
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, it is important that action be taken rapidly to ensure that your claim represents full, accurate and fair compensation for damages suffered. Our truck accident lawyer will fight for your rights as the injured victim. Our firm understands that these accidents represent not only pain and suffering for the victim, but for the families and loved ones as well. Losing a primary wage-earner is a tremendous financial hardship and only adds to the difficulties, not to mention the intense emotional distress that accompanies this kind of injury and loss.
All of these items will be addressed by your trucking accident lawyer from The Doan Law Firm, who will assist you with every aspect of your case. Your case is as important to us as it is to you and we are unyielding in our vigorous pursuit of a resolution to your damages claim. Be sure to contact your truck accident attorney before talking to any insurance adjusters who do not have your best interests in mind – they are protecting their client, not the injured victim.
Taking any settlement offered by the insurance company could negate your right to any future claim should you find that medical or rehabilitation treatment expenses are higher than expected. Let a knowledgeable trucking accident attorney from The Doan Law Firm, P.C. take on the adjusters and the insurance company and represent you and your case.
Contact a truck accident lawyer from The Doan Law Firm at (800) 349-0000 if you have suffered injury from a truck accident caused by an exhausted truck driver. We offer a free consultation and are always open!