Because commercial trucks can weigh a maximum 80,000 pounds, they are difficult to maneuver and stop, especially at high speeds. If a truck driver falls asleep at the wheel, their ability to properly react and make adequate decisions on the road is substantially reduced.
How to Prove Negligence by a Fatigued Truck Driver
Based on the regulations by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), truck drivers are required to take breaks for rest. They are only allowed to drive up to 11 consecutive hours after taking off 10 hours in a row, and cannot drive beyond the 14th hour after declaring themselves on duty. In a week, truck drivers are not allowed to drive for over 60 hours.
Additionally, it is mandatory for truck drivers to possess and maintain a log book for every 24-hour period of service. These records can be crucial pieces of evidence that can prove truck driver negligence in a personal injury case.
Let Harris Law Firm Recover Your Compensation
If you have suffered a serious injury after being involved in an auto accident by a fatigued truck driver in Mississippi, our Greenville truck accident lawyer can conduct an investigation into the accident and collect evidence necessary to build a vigorous and personalized legal strategy. With more than 30 years of experience, we possess the comprehensive knowledge of state trucking laws to navigate through the possible complications of your case. Whether we determine a reasonable settlement outside of court or experience court litigation, we can fight for you from beginning to end while you make a successful recovery.