Truck Driver Fatigue

Truck Driver Fatigue Accident Lawyers in Temecula

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The trucking industry functions in such a way that truck drivers are required to work long hours and are even pushed to the point of violating federal regulations meant to prevent truck driver fatigue. When operators of large commercial vehicles are sleepy behind the wheel, people's lives are put at risk. At Sweeney, Sweeney & Sweeney, APC, we represent individuals and families whose lives have been altered because of collisions with 18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks. If truck driver fatigue was a factor in the crash that caused your injuries, we can investigate the matter and seek the maximum in compensation on your behalf.

To schedule a free consultation to discuss your case, please call our office in Temecula at (951) 800-7731 or contact us online. We are here to help.

Federal Hours-of-Service Rules for Truck Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is the government agency that establishes safety regulations for the trucking and busing industries.

To help prevent truck driver fatigue, FMCSA rules require truck drivers to log their hours of service using Electronic Logging Devices — or ELDs. Information gleaned from an ELD can be useful in a legal claim for compensation after a truck accident. An experienced personal injury attorney can investigate the crash and determine whether the truck driver was in compliance.

Federal rules also limit the number of hours truck drivers can operate their vehicles and be on the job. Currently, there is an 11-hour driving limit, during a 14 consecutive hour period, for truck drivers, and operators are allowed to reach that maximum only after 10 consecutive hours off duty.

Additionally, a truck driver's duties are not limited solely to driving, and a truck operator may not drive after the 14th consecutive hour on duty.

All of these regulations are in place largely to prevent truck driver fatigue, which is an ongoing safety concern on California highways.

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Get experienced legal representation on your side. Let the Temecula personal injury lawyers at Sweeney, Sweeney & Sweeney, APC help you fight for the compensation you need to recover. Commercial insurance carriers can make it almost impossible to speak with the right parties and negotiate for the settlement you deserve. Let our team build a strong case on your behalf and help you obtain a favorable outcome.

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Questions? We Have Answers!

  • Should I provide a recorded statement to the insurance company?

    It is our strong recommendation that this not be done without legal representation so as not to jeopardize your claim. The reality is that insurance claims adjusters are skilled at asking questions that are designed to result in the reduction or denial of your claim. Insurance companies are businesses, and they are in business to make money. Their lawyers often try to use recorded statements in order to minimize or deny the value of accident claims. You need us to help you.

  • Should I inform the other party's insurance company about the accident?

    To pursue the claim, the other party’s insurance company needs to be contacted. However, the other party's insurer — and likely your insurer — may take something that you said and manipulate your statement in order to minimize or altogether deny your accident claim. Again, contact us as soon as possible after your accident, as we can handle any further communication with the insurance companies to ensure no misunderstandings occur and you claim is not jeopardized. Also, if the other party's insurer contacts you for information, you are not obliged to make any statements. Instead, refer the insurer to your attorney.

  • Should I inform my insurance company that I was involved in a crash?

    Yes. Waiting to notify your insurer could result in your accident not being covered. However, when you contact the insurance company, provide only the facts of the case and avoid making any statements about who was at fault. You should contact a personal injury lawyer before making any more statements to the insurance company.


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