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Truck Driver Fatigue

Experienced Texas Truck Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in an accident with a large semi-truck or tractor-trailer, you should contact the Berenson Law Offices immediately. Attorney Bill Berenson is a seasoned truck accident attorney with close to 40 years of experience recovering damages for clients who have been injured in serious truck accidents. Our attorney is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization who ONLY handles collision cases. He knows what it takes to obtain compensation for his clients.

Regulations Limit Drive Time and Require that Truck Drivers Get Rest

The Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) restricts drivers’ hours of drive time and shift time and requires that truck drivers to take rest breaks while traveling long distances. In addition, truck drivers are supposed to keep a log detailing their hours of operation and rest. These logs are periodically audited to ensure that drivers remain in compliance with the law and are reviewed by investigators after a crash.

As of December 2017, trucking companies are required to install an electronic logging device (ELD) on all vehicles in their fleet. The ELD automatically records when the truck is in operation, thereby rending the easily manipulated handwritten logbooks to history.

Many trucking companies put their drivers under immense economic pressure to get their loads delivered as soon as possible, often under impossible deadlines. In the past, these pressures led some truckers to falsify their logbooks and to continue driving past the HOS-mandated maximum hours. Trucking companies often looked the other way because the end result—an on-time delivery—is all they really care about. In addition to hours of driving, the ELDs record tampering to the devise, and thereby making logbook falsification very difficult.

The ELDs may deter sleep-deprived drivers from getting behind the wheel. For truckers who drive despite their fatigue, ELDs provide a valuable enforcement tool. Violation of HOS rules is negligence per se, meaning the driver is presumed to have acted negligently by driving or working past the permissible legal hours.

As a truck accident attorney, Bill Berenson helps Dallas residents hold trucking companies and drivers accountable for putting profits ahead of people.

A Tired Truck Driver Is a Dangerous Truck Driver

With their enormous size and the heavy loads they carry, semi-trucks are dangerous enough as it is. But put a tired driver behind the wheel, and they become even more of a hazard. Truck drivers who get tired lose their alertness and ability to react quickly to sudden events. In the worst cases, they may even drift in and out of sleep while driving.

Exacerbating the situation, when truck drivers become sleepy, they often take stimulants to stay awake. Whether an over-the-counter stimulant that just contains caffeine or an illegal drug, these substances may keep the driver awake, but do not improve the driver’s attention, alertness, or ability to maintain control of the vehicle. Impairment further increases a tired driver’s risk of accident.

Have You Been Injured in a Trucking Accident?

If you or a loved one has recently been involved in a serious trucking accident in the Metroplex area, you need to make sure that you have a diligent, dedicated Dallas truck driver fatigue accident lawyer working on your case. Our lawyer pursues all legally responsible parties in your case, including not only the driver, but also the trucking company and insurance carrier.

Dallas/Fort Worth personal injury attorney Bill Berenson has close to 40 years of experience representing victims in serious injury cases, including those involving trucking accidents, and knows when a trucker’s story doesn’t add up. In addition, Attorney Berenson is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. With all this experience, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. Contact the Law Offices of William K. Berenson online or by phone at 817-855-8000 or toll free at 1-888-801-8585 schedule your no-cost initial consultation with a truck accident lawyer today.

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