Truck Accidents Caused by Tired Drivers
Missouri Tractor-Trailer Accidents & Compensation
Tired truck drivers are responsible for an astonishing number of accidents on the roads and highways of the United States. In fact, a study conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board found that 31% of all semi-truck accidents are caused by trucker fatigue. Research published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) indicates that truck drivers generally sleep only five hours during the time they set aside for resting on a long-haul trip; they ideally should get at least seven hours of sleep before getting back on the road. Objective tests of the drivers' performance and ability did not correlate with the drivers' own statements about their alertness - in other words, truckers typically are not good judges of whether or not they are too tired to drive.
If you or someone you love suffered an injury because of a tired truck driver, contact Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC for the legal guidance that you need. When you meet with a Missouri truck accident lawyer from our firm, we can help you understand your legal rights and options through a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Contact our office today.
Why do truckers drive while exhausted?
It would be easy to say that truck drivers who stay on the road after becoming tired are simply being careless, but there is more to the situation than this generalization. Commercial trucking companies are responsible for facilitating a large percentage of the commerce in our nation's economy, and truckers are frequently under immense pressure from their employers to meet tight delivery deadlines. This compels many of them to push the limits of safety by remaining behind the wheel for long hours at a stretch. The federal government is attempting to keep tired truckers off the road, such as through the FMCSA's hours of service regulations, which limit the amount of time a driver can stay on the road before stopping to rest. Despite these efforts, however, many truckers continue to place their own lives, and the lives of others, at risk.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a truck accident caused by a tired driver, then you can come to Meyerkord & Meyerkord for help. A Missouri truck accident attorney from our team is ready to meet with you for a free consultation to determine whether you have grounds for legal action and to estimate how much your case is worth. Let us help you hold the trucker accountable for causing your accident!