Jonesboro Truck Driver Fatigue
Fatigue is a problem that plagues thousands of drivers throughout the United States every day. Drivers of commercial trucks are especially prone to truck driver fatigue due to the length of their routes and their frequent travel. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has regulations in place that are designed to prevent truck drivers from working too many hours at a time and becoming too tired to properly operate their vehicles, but those regulations are not always followed. When that happens, the overworked drivers become increasingly fatigued, which increases the chances that they will be involved in an accident. If you have been injured in a truck accident involving driver fatigue, seek advice from the experienced Jonesboro truck accident lawyers at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz.Building Your Case Against a Fatigued Truck Driver
Truck driver fatigue is a much more dangerous problem than most realize. A driver who is fatigued experiences impairment to their concentration, cognitive abilities, and reaction time. If the driver is fatigued enough, the impairment can be on par with that caused by consuming alcohol or drugs. Given the immense size and weight of most commercial trucks, a fatigued truck driver can be an extreme danger to other motorists on the road.
In order to recover damages for trucking accident injuries, you will usually need to show that the truck driver was negligent in causing your injuries. This will require you to find proof sufficient to establish the legal elements of negligence under Arkansas law: duty, breach, causation, and damages. For instance, if a truck driver ignored federal hours of service rules and drove for 20 hours within a 24 hour period, he or she would be less likely to react appropriately to a car slowing down ahead of the truck than another driver who had received proper rest. If the trucker brakes suddenly and jackknifes as a result of being too tired to notice the other car, negligence may be established for the trucker disregarding the hours of service guidelines.
Finding proof that the truck driver was fatigued at the time of the accident will bring you much closer to establishing your negligence claim against the truck driver, as a jury would likely find the driver negligent for operating the truck in that condition. An attorney who is experienced in handling truck accident cases in Jonesboro can investigate the facts of your accident and help you build your case against the truck driver and trucking company. For example, your attorney could obtain the police report of the accident, talk to any known witnesses, and send letters to the trucking company to ensure that important evidence is preserved. If further evidence is needed, additional steps can be taken such as obtaining the truck driver’s log books and other documents that the driver and the trucking company are required to maintain under federal regulations. By consulting with a knowledgeable accident attorney, you can ensure that no stone is left unturned.Discuss Your Truck Accident Case with an Experienced Jonesboro Attorney
If you have been injured in an accident caused by truck driver fatigue, the Jonesboro attorneys at Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz want to assist you in pursuing your claims against the responsible parties. Our attorneys advocate for the rights of accident victims in cities across the South, including Jonesboro, Little Rock, Knoxville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Memphis, Jackson, Oxford, Meridian, Tupelo, Starkville, Grenada, Columbus, Caruthersville, Hayti, and other cities throughout Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. Schedule your free consultation with a truck crash lawyer today by calling 800-LAW-4004 or by filling out our online form. Let us show you why NST is the way to go.