Truck drivers carry a tremendous responsibility on the road, due to the fact that their vehicles frequently weigh as much as forty times more than the typical passenger vehicle. Big-rigs and semi-trucks are considerably more difficult to maneuver, and can take far longer to come to a complete stop, especially when travelling at high speeds. For these reasons, it is entirely unacceptable for a trucker to take any risks by staying on the road while experiencing any level of fatigue.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that 13% of commercial motor vehicle drivers are fatigued at the time of an accident. Driving while fatigued has been compared to driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as it has similar effects in reducing the judgment and coordination and increasing the reaction time of the driver. A trucker who takes dangerous stimulants or continues to drive in the mistaken belief that he can still safely handle the vehicle places not only his own life at risk, but also endangers everyone else on the road.
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Many long haul truckers are under intense pressure to meet stiff delivery deadlines, but this is no excuse for pushing past the limits of safety by driving excessive hours. In fact, the federal government enforces Hours of Services regulations which require drivers to take regular breaks for sleep, and to keep detailed log books to prove their compliance. A Kansas City personal injury lawyer from the Montee Law Firm, P.C. will review all the evidence, from the driver’s logs and the police accident report, to witness statements and the driver’s own account of the truck accident to develop a strong case on your behalf, and will fight tirelessly to help you recover a fair settlement for your injuries.
Contact a Kansas City truck accident attorney from our firm if you believe that a tired driver is at fault for your collision and want to learn how much your claim for compensation is worth.