Truckers may drive for a living, but they do not have 9-to-5 jobs like most people in the country. Truck drivers spend long hours behind the wheel, driving at all hours of the day and night in order to get loads delivered on time.
Many truck drivers are under heavy pressure from their employers to meet tough delivery deadlines and are forced to exceed the limits of safety in an effort to do so.
Driving longer than the standard hours of service can result in the driver’s alertness being impaired; he or she may have a decreased reaction time, and the driver may even have difficulty staying awake. When a truck driver stays behind the wheel despite being fatigued, the chances of causing a serious accident are dramatically increased.
FEDERAL EFFORTS TO COMBAT TRUCKER FATIGUE
The federal government has taken action to reduce the number of accidents caused by truck drivers and has enacted a set of rules known as the hours of service (HOS) regulations to address this issue. The HOS rules impose strict guidelines on how many hours a trucker can drive consecutively before taking a break to rest. Unfortunately, many drivers violate these regulations by falsifying log book entries and staying on the road longer than is safe.
If you were injured in an accident caused by trucker fatigue, don’t wait to call The Robert Pahlke Law Group at 308-633-4444. We can help you fight for maximum compensation!
HELP WITH FILING A CLAIM FOR A TRUCK ACCIDENT IN NEBRASKA
Truck driver fatigue can lead to any type of accident, but head-on collisions are among the most common. If the driver starts to nod off or actually falls asleep, he or she is likely to swerve into oncoming traffic. Tired drivers also frequently cause rear-end collisions by failing to notice that the traffic ahead is slowing or has stopped. If a tired driver fails to check the large truck blind spots, another vehicle may be hit when the truck turns or changes lanes. However it happens, a tired driver should be held responsible for causing a truck accident.
If you have reason to believe that the truck driver was fatigued at the time of your accident, contact a Nebraska trucking accident attorney from The Robert Pahlke Law Group for help in proving that you are owed financial compensation for your injuries.