Truck Driver Fatigue Related Accidents
There are many factors to consider when investigating a big truck accident. The purpose of the investigation is obviously to uncover what caused the accident. At Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, we look at every aspect of a case to determine the true cause of the accident. Trucking companies often want to conceal what really happened. In our experience, truck driver fatigue is one of the chief causes of truck accidents. Despite the promulgation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations on driving hours, truck drivers and their companies often push the boundaries on the amount of hours driven. The result is often sleepy or fatigued truck drivers. The problem with fatigued drivers is that they are controlling an 80,000 pound metal "tank" at high speeds. As a result, they need to be fully aware of their surroundings at all times. Studies our experts routinely use in court demonstrate that fatigued drivers are less alert and have slower reaction times in emergency situations. Drivers who actually fall asleep at the wheel commonly cross over the centerline, force other cars off the road or crash into other vehicles from behind.
Federal Regulations & Requirements
Federal law limits truckers to no more than 11 hours behind the wheel in one shift, and further requires drivers to rest for at least 10 hours between shifts. Big truck drivers are required to keep a detailed accounting of their hours in a logbook. The logbook becomes a crucial piece of information in these cases. We know that some trucker logbooks are falsified as our legal team knows where to dig to prove that truck drivers ignored Hours of Service regulations. We compare suspicious logbooks to data from GPS tracking devices and the on-board "black box," as well as truck stop receipts and other evidence.
Interstates I-10 and I-12
Interstates I-10 and I-12 in Louisiana constitute a major corridor for trucking companies. Everyday thousands and thousands of 18-wheelers and other big trucks crisscross the o arrive at their destination on time. To reach goals, arrive on time and maximize profits, some trucking companies are motivated to allowable number of hours. Unfortunately, the result is some of us our loved ones travelling these same roads are the victims of this