Truck Driver Fatigue

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Commercial trucks can weigh a maximum 80,000 pounds, which makes them difficult to maneuver and stop at high speeds. If a drowsy truck driver is operating the vehicle, their ability to react and make quick, life-saving decisions on the road are reduced substantially. Crashes involving commercial trucks are typically devastating, resulting in catastrophic injuries and deaths.

At Belushin Law Firm, we are committed to helping victims of truck driver fatigue, as well as those who lost their loved one due to this type of truck accident. With more than a decade of experience, our Brooklyn truck accident lawyer has a thorough understanding of state and federal trucking regulations to guide you through the complexities of the legal system.

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Federal Hours of Service Rules

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, it is required for commercial truck drivers to take rest breaks. They can drive for up to 11 consecutive hours after taking 10 hours off in a row, and cannot drive beyond the 14th hours after being on the job.

In a span of one week, truck drivers are not allowed to operate commercial trucks for more than 60 hours. In a span of eight days, truck drivers are not allowed to drive for over 70 hours. Furthermore, it is mandatory for commercial drivers to maintain a log book for every 24-hour period of service, which is often a crucial piece of evidence in a personal injury case.

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Not all truck drivers follow the rules. There are some occasions when trucking companies encourage their drivers to bypass federal regulations to meet deadlines or make a profit.

If you suffered a serious injury after being involved in a truck accident with a fatigued truck driver, we can investigate the collision and gather evidence necessary to build an effective and personalized case strategy. With millions of dollars recovered for our clients, we are confident that we can produce the same results for you.

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