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Truck Driver Fatigue and Negligence

Serving Southaven, Hernando, and All of North Mississippi

Becoming a truck driver is not easy. In order to obtain a commercial driver's license (CDL), a driver must pass a series of exams, including a written test and a skills assessment. Once a driver has obtained a CDL, he or she and his or her company must properly maintain their vehicle and ensure all commercial driving regulations are followed.

However, most commercial drivers are paid by the mile, so they have an incentive to drive more than regulations allow. In addition, trucking companies do not always properly maintain their vehicles, putting you and everyone else on the road at risk.

If you or a loved one was injured in a serious truck accident in Mississippi or Tennessee, speak to a lawyer from Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman PLLC as soon as possible. We represent truck accident victims and help them obtain the compensation they deserve.

Meet with a lawyer from our firm during a free initial consultation. Contact our truck accident attorneys in Southaven today at (662) 222-0597. We also serve Olive Branch, Horn Lake, and all of North Mississippi.

Representation for Victims in Mississippi And Tennessee

There are many causes of 18-wheeler accidents, with one of the most common being driver fatigue. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration — a division of the U.S. Department of Transportation — truck drivers:

  • Cannot drive for more than a specified number of consecutive hours
  • Keep a log of their driving hours
  • Must take breaks lasting a minimum of eight or 10 hours

These rules are in place to protect you, your family members and everyone else who uses Mississippi and Tennessee roads. Unfortunately, many drivers violate these rules in order to make more money. This is negligent behavior that makes a driver and his or her company liable for any injuries — whether they are minor or catastrophic — that he or she caused.

Trucker fatigue

Truckers need to be well rested when they drive. This is one reason why there are limits to how long they can drive and what type of rest breaks they must take. However, lack of sleep isn't the only thing that can lead to fatigue serious enough that it impacts a trucker's driving abilities.

Medical conditions, such as sleep apnea and diabetes, can lead to fatigue, as can being overweight and out of shape. Even stress, riding in a hot and stuffy cab or driving on familiar roads can cause truckers to doze off at the wheel. Nighttime highway hypnosis is another issue, as the lights of the oncoming vehicles might cause drivers' eyes to get tired and droopy.

Truckers face many hazards when they drive, but it is up to the truckers and the trucking companies to try to minimize them. Making sure that the truckers have ample time to meet deadlines is one way that this risk can be mitigated, as then they won't feel the need to rush, speed or bypass sleep in an effort to meet their deadlines.

Trucker distraction

Driving a semi truck takes a lot of concentration, so trying to do other things behind the wheel isn't a good idea. Truckers can become distracted by a host of things, including their smartphones. In fact, texting while driving a semi truck is something at which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has specifically issued warnings.

There are other things that can distract people operating semi trucks. These include operating a GPS device, trying to read delivery instructions, reaching for things in the cab, manipulating climate control or the radio and eating or drinking. Even things that you wouldn't think that a trucker would do, such as grooming activities or putting on makeup, could lead to distractions.

The distractions that truckers face include anything that can take the trucker's mind or eyes off the road or their hands off the wheel. All of these work together for the trucker to drive safely. When any component of safe driving is missing, a trucking accident might occur.

The Southaven truck accident injury attorneys at Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman PLLC, will get to work immediately on your case. We work quickly to preserve evidence, speak to witnesses, and prevent a trucker's insurance company from undervaluing or denying your potential claim.

Contact Us for A Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries or a tragic loss because of the negligent acts of a fatigued truck driver, then we encourage you to speak with one of our talented attorneys.

For a free and confidential consultation, contact our Southaven truck accident injury attorneys by calling (662) 222-0597 or by filling out our contact form. There are no fees unless we recover compensation for you.

The Representation You Need

  • Each case works off contingency fees. This means that you pay nothing unless we recover for your case.
  • Our team has extensive trial experience. We believe that a jury of twelve fellow citizens is the fairest way ever devised to get you the justice you deserve.
  • When you talk, we listen. Our attorneys treat each and every client's case as unique and provide you personalized care.
  • Our firm is the joining of two legacy practices. Together we bring over 100 years of combined experience to each and every case we handle.

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