Proving fatigue played a role in your truck accident

| Aug 13, 2020 | Firm News |

After having experienced a truck accident in Cleveland, finding the reason for it is of tantamount importance. Yet despite a thorough review, you may still find yourself searching for an answer. Truck drivers are, after all, supposed to be highly trained in the operation of their vehicles. What might have led to them making the seemingly simple mistakes that resulted in your accident?

When clients pose this question to us here at The Jenne Law Firm, we often ask if they have considered a single factor: fatigue. Drowsy drivers pose a clear danger to you and others on the road. You can imagine how much more dangerous a drowsy truck driver can be. Given that the long hours truckers spend on the road may contribute to fatigue, it may not be unreasonable to assume that it played a factor in your accident.

Reviewing truck driver hours-of-service regulations

If it did, then that mere fact alone introduces an unlawful element in your case. Truck drivers must follow strict hours-of-service regulations set by the federal government aimed at keeping them alert while behind the wheel. Per the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, these include:

  • Not driving for more than eight hours without taking a 30-minute break
  • Not driving more than 60-70 hours in a 7-8 day work week
  • Not driving for more than 11 hours during a single work shift
  • Not driving beyond the fourteenth hour after coming back on from 10 consecutive hours off duty

Identifying a drowsy driver

How can you know if the driver that hit you adhered to these standards? Truck drivers must maintain work logs detailing their hours behind the wheel. Such documentation may show that the driver that hit you exceeded their allowed working hours during their route.

You can discover more information on determining fault for a truck accident throughout our site.

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