Tired and Distracted Truck Driver Accidents
Experienced Seattle Personal Injury Attorneys Ready to Serve You
Truck accidents might not happen as frequently as other motor vehicle accidents do, but when they do occur, they cause some of the most severe and fatal injuries witnessed on roadways across the country. With an estimated 3.5 million licensed truckers out on the road in the United States, moving nearly 70% of all freight, the American economy is clearly very reliant on truck drivers and logistics companies to supply goods. Unfortunately, the pressure placed on truck drivers to push themselves beyond reasonable limits lead many to drive under dangerous conditions and many are often too tired to drive, or engage in distracting habits during their long drives. If you were involved in an accident caused by a fatigued or distracted truck driver, the dedicated personal injury attorneys at Kornfeld Law are here to fight for compensation on your behalf.
Contact our firm today at (425) 657-5255 to schedule your free consultation!
The Law Limits Truck Driver Hours
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that a commercial truck driver is only allowed to drive for up to 11 hours in every 14 consecutive hours of duty. Drivers must also take a break between shifts. Additionally, a minimum of 34 hours per week of rest and non-duty are legally required to ensure truckers are not fatigued while on the road. In the past, these rules were more easily bypassed since paper logs were used, making it easy for the industry to overtax drivers in terms of longer hours for tempting incentives. Technology has since advanced, requiring drivers to now electronically log their on and off duty hours, though the industry still tries to find loopholes to avoid accurately logging hours.
Truck drivers have several electronic devices that can easily distract them. From their e-log to their dispatch radio and cell phone, plenty of distractions are within easy reach. Long-haul truckers are especially prone to distractions since they frequently speak with family members or dispatch. In fact, many distracted driving accidents occur due to cell phone conversations.
Of course, distracted driving is dangerous no matter what is being driven or who is behind the wheel, but a study conducted by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that truck driver cell phone usage is a paramount danger on U.S. highways. According to the study, truck drivers who text and drive are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in a crash while reaching for their device makes them 6.7 times more likely.
Serving the Injured in Seattle, Kirkland, Everett & Beyond
Across the country, hundreds of thousands of individuals are either severely injured or killed in truck accidents. At Kornfeld Law, we are dedicated to helping as many people as we can to assist them in obtaining the compensation they not only deserve, but need during this difficult time. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not owe us a cent unless we are able to recover compensation on your behalf.
Contact us today at (425) 657-5255 to schedule your free consultation.