March 11, 2020
California Trucking Accident Caused by Trucker Falling Asleep at the Wheel
Current research shows that drivers who operate a vehicle while they are drowsy are as dangerous as drunk drivers. And yet, we know that many who operate large trucks consistently drive while fatigued in an effort to comply with tight delivery schedules. Drivers who operate a vehicle while they are drowsy suffer from slow response times and decision-making skills and an inability to focus. These heavily contribute to trucking accidents. If you were injured by a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel or who was fatigued, ask our Los Angeles trucking accident lawyer for help.
Although hours of service (HOS) rules serve to regulate the amount of time a driver can spend actively driving, many drivers work around those rules in order to meet deadlines. Unfortunately, some companies will even pressure their drivers to violate rules to remain competitive. Under these scenarios, many drivers operate their rigs without the appropriate number of breaks or sleep.
Drivers are required to keep logs of their driving activity but even in the absence of these logs, an experienced lawyer has ways of proving fatigued driving and HOS violations.
The purpose of the HOS regulations is to prevent roadway deaths and injuries due to fatigued driving and truck drivers falling asleep at the wheel. While many truckers follow these regulations, far too many place profits over the safety of our loved ones and operate a large commercial vehicle in a manner that could be just as dangerous as a drunk driver. This is not acceptable.
If you have been injured in a truck accident and you suspect that the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel, you deserve compensation for your injuries. It is important to seek the guidance of an experienced Los Angeles falling asleep at the wheel lawyer to understand your rights under the law. For more information and a FREE case review, contact us today at (888) 588-1777. We are ready and willing to help.