I wonder how many truckers on the freeways, driving an 18-wheeler, have been awake and driving for more hours than they should be. It's a frightening thought, but also a very real possibility.
Even though Federal and state laws regulate the amount of hours a trucker is allowed to travel before resting, people are still breaking the rules. Truckers are under extreme pressure to deliver their cargo on time - sometimes the pressure causes them to do things that are dangerous to themselves and other drivers on the road.
A trucker encounters many unforeseen delays, such as traffic, weather conditions and road closures - causing them to get behind schedule. In an effort to make good time and get back on track, some truckers may make unwise decisions like staying on the road even though they haven't slept in a very long time.
Trucker fatigue is a big problem when it comes to truck accidents. A study found that it is one of the top ten factors involved in truck accidents.
Truckers are required by Federal law to travel no more than 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. They are allowed to drive a maximum of 60 hours in a seven-day period or 70 hours during an eight-day period. A trucker driving longer than allowed will not always be as quick to react to avoid a collision.
If you have been injured in a trucking accident, you need to contact the personal injury attorneys for San Bernardino and Riverside Counties. Call the law offices of Peach & Weathers to discuss your case. We can help you recover compensation for your injuries, expenses and pain and suffering.