Kankakee Hours of Service Violations Attorneys
Often pushing themselves up to and beyond the limits of fatigue, there is evidence to suggest that long-haul truckers sometimes endanger themselves and others by driving too long without sleeping. Studies show that truck driver drowsiness and exhaustion play a significant role in numerous accidents that involve semi-trucks and tractor trailers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has certain regulations in place regarding rest for truckers, but these are nearly impossible to enforce consistently.
In the event that you or someone you care about has been hurt in a truck accident that may have been caused by a fatigued truck driver, a civil lawsuit may be in order. Contact the Kankakee hours of service violations attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C., at (815) 929-9292 to speak with a skilled and experienced lawyer about the potential merits of legal action in your case.
Sources of Driver Fatigue
There are three primary reasons identified by the FMCSA that truck drivers’ schedules make them susceptible to dangerous fatigue:
- Circadian Rhythm: the cycle of drowsiness and alertness in the course of the 24 hour cycle.
- Sleep Deprivation: when a person fails to get 7-8 hours of sleep in a day, or if a person is awake for in excess of 16-17 hours.
- Industrial Fatigue: also known as “time-on-task” fatigue, it is the decline experienced when a person is engaged in a task for a long period of time.
Many truckers essentially live in their trucks, and this lifestyle, while convenient, may strain an already irregular sleeping schedule. Regulations require there to be a minimum amount of daily rest, and a “weekend.” But companies may typically only schedule a driver to have one day off for each week of work. These circumstances make it nearly inevitable that certain forms of fatigue will affect drivers’ performance at one time or another.
For legal counsel and representation if you have been hurt in an accident involving a commercial truck operated by a fatigued driver, contact the Kankakee hours of service violations attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., at (815) 929-9292 today.