Driver fatigue is a leading cause of commercial truck accidents. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), driver fatigue can be the result of lack of sleep, abnormal work hours, strenuous activity, or a combination of factors. No matter the circumstances, a fatigued driver behind the wheel of a large truck is a danger to all vehicles and pedestrians on the road.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident and you suspect driver fatigue was the cause, you may be eligible for compensation to help with your medical bills, property damage, and other expenses. At Glover Law Firm, our Ocala truck driver fatigue lawyers can help you bring a successful claim for compensation. We have extensive experience in representing clients who have been injured in truck accidents and we aggressively pursue negligent truck drivers and their companies to achieve justice. To schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled trucking accident attorneys, call us at (352) 484-0775 or email us today to review your options for a truck accident claim.
If you think that truck driver fatigue was a factor in an accident that injured you, you will need proof that the driver was fatigued. It is unlikely that a driver or their employer will simply admit that the driver fell asleep behind the wheel, but with the help of a truck accident lawyer, you can get all of the information you need. We can obtain court orders for evidence, including trucker’s logbooks, company scheduling records, and the black box from the truck. Our experienced team has gone up against these types of cases before, and we know how to best position our clients for success. We can reconstruct crash details using expert witnesses to give us a better understanding of the driver’s condition behind the wheel, and we use all of the information we gather to get you the compensation you deserve. With a lawyer on your side, you are likely to receive far more in compensation than you would trying to handle your claim on your own.
Ocala truck driver fatigue lawyers from Glover Law Firm follow the example set from our founder, Gordon Glover. Gordon is a Florida native who is a passionate advocate for his community. Glover Law Firm represents injured parties from all across the state, and we are widely recognized for the success we have in all types of personal injury claims, including driver fatigue lawsuits. Our track record proves our dedication to our clients, as we have received titles including Super Lawyer and the AV-Preeminent rating on Martindale-Hubbell. Our experienced attorneys provide exceptional legal service in Ocala and beyond.
More than 15 million commercial trucks transport 70% of all U.S. goods each year. Many truck drivers push themselves – or are pushed by their employers – to drive through the night, or drive longer hours overall. Whether the driver is trying to reach a destination by a deadline, or if the trucking company schedules their drivers too strenuously, fatigue builds. Whatever the reason may be, there is no excuse for a drowsy driver to operate a large commercial vehicle that weighs 10,000 pounds or more. Serious injuries and fatalities are often the result.
The Large Truck Crash Causation Study performed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that 13% of commercial motor vehicle drivers were considered fatigued when they crashed. Roadside checks in various states have identified that there is likely an even higher percentage of fatigued drivers on the road.
The FMCSA strictly regulates the commercial trucking industry, including setting maximum driving hours and requiring mandatory rest periods. However, these parameters are only effective when followed, and the whole system relies on truck drivers maintaining accurate records. In their most recent study on the topic, the FMCSA found more than 280,000 drivers whose logbooks were either falsified or not up to date. Ultimately, it is easy for drivers and trucking companies to break the rules so that they can make more money, and the victims of large truck accidents are the ones who pay the price.
Driver fatigue contributes to a number of hazardous driving conditions including:
The result is a driver left with slower reaction speeds, hindered judgment, and more. Drivers get behind the wheel and stay behind the wheel when they know they should be resting.
Overall, driver fatigue is one of the primary causes of accidents that occur between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles. Drivers who are drowsy are prone to rushing and making poor decisions, including underestimating the braking distance of their overly-loaded truck, or how wide they should take a turn in a crowded intersection. That’s when long hours on the road create a hazard for everyone else.
An Ocala truck accident attorney knows how to uncover evidence in a case that involves driver fatigue so that you can receive the compensation you need to fully recover from your injuries. Our team at Glover Law Firm takes all of your legal concerns and puts them into the hands of our trusted, experienced attorneys, who will represent you with compassion and understanding. We will make sure that at-fault drivers and trucking companies are held accountable for their actions following an accident that resulted in serious injury or death.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a commercial truck crash and you suspect that driver fatigue was involved, do not talk to anyone from the trucking company or their insurance company. The insurance companies will try and reach the fastest and cheapest settlement possible, leaving you with more bills and no legal recourse. Our dedicated team at Glover Law Firm has experience being aggressive advocates for our clients and we will effectively serve your needs.
“Gordon is professional, patient, kind, and knowledgeable. From the first encounter I had with him, he was very kind and attentive. He was responsive throughout the entire process and consistently advocated for me. I would recommend him to anyone in need of legal counsel, as I had a very pleasant experience with him.”
If you have been involved in a commercial truck accident in Florida where the driver fell asleep at the wheel or showed any signs of fatigue, we can help you get the legal assistance you need. Contact an Ocala truck accident attorney with Glover Law Firm for a confidential and no-obligation consultation today by calling (352) 484-0775 or emailing us here.