Accidents Caused by Truck Driver Fatigue in
New York City
Truck drivers have a difficult job. Not only do they have to safely navigate enormous and dangerous motor vehicles down the highways and city streets, avoiding accidents with other drivers who may be driving recklessly while staying alert for sudden stoppages in traffic, but they must also get to their destination as fast as possible. In order to beat the clock, some drivers sacrifice rest to get behind the wheel more quickly, despite the risks posed by fatigued driving. As a result, approximately 13% of the hundreds of thousands of large truck accidents occurring each year are attributable to truck driver fatigue.
Don’t fight for compensation alone
Claims against transportation and shipping companies can be complex, involving complex regulatory systems and multiple defendants. Pursuing these claims without experience in truck accident claims can be a mistake. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries resulting from an accident with a fatigued driver, get the compensation you deserve for your injuries, including the cost of rehabilitation, time spent off work, and money damages for your pain and suffering, by contacting the New York truck accident lawyer Leandros A. Vrionedes as soon as possible after a crash.
FMCSA Hours of Service Restrictions
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposes restrictions on how many hours a day long-haul commercial drivers may spend behind the wheel. Specifically, truckers may not drive more than 11 hours in a given 24-hour period, and must take off at least 10 uninterrupted hours between shifts. Despite these requirements, many drivers fail to take the rest they need, in some cases falsifying driving log books in order to make it look like they are in compliance with regulations.
Fatigue a major risk factor for accidents
Studies repeatedly show that fatigued drivers are more dangerous on the road. In fact, one study found that drivers who had only gotten six to seven hours of sleep were twice as likely to be involved in a traffic accident as those who got eight or more hours’ sleep, and when drivers got less than five hours’ sleep, they became four to five times as likely to be involved in a crash. While a fatigued driver behind the wheel of a passenger vehicle is dangerous enough, sleep-deprived drivers of semi-trucks and tractor-trailers can do even more grievous amounts of harm should they nod off or make a poor judgment call due to lack of sleep.
Help is Available for Serious New York Truck Accidents
If you’ve been hurt in a crash with a fatigued truck driver in New York, get the money you need to heal by contacting the determined, knowledgeable, and trial-ready New York City personal injury lawyer Leandros A. Vrionedes for a consultation on your case, in Manhattan at 212-889-9362, or at our office in Queens at 718-777-5895.