Driving while drowsy or fatigued is extremely dangerous. When a fatigued driver is a truck driver, however, the resulting consequences can be even more catastrophic. Unfortunately, many drivers who are found to be fatigued at the time of an accident are truck drivers, often due to the long hours they work. Truck drivers who cause accidents by driving when they are drowsy or tired may be held liable for their negligence.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has strict guidelines on the number of hours commercial drivers can work without rest. The goal of these restrictions is to decrease the chances of fatigued driving among truck drivers. Truck drivers may only drive for 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Additionally, truck drivers “may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in seven/eight consecutive days.” Drivers who break these regulations and trucking companies that allow their drivers to break these laws put everyone on the roadway at great risk of being in a New Jersey truck crash.
Truck drivers and trucking companies are required under federal law to maintain driving logs that detail how many hours the driver has been on the road and how much rest they have had during a driving shift. However, there have been numerous instances where federal investigators have found falsified logs, inaccurate logs, or logs that have not been maintained consistently, which often result in fatigued driving accidents.
If a fatigued truck driver causes an accident, both the driver and the trucking company can be held accountable for a victim’s injuries and accident-related losses. The skilled New Jersey truck accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein help victims of truck crashes in New Jersey prove liability following accident. We will fight hard for your legal rights and make sure that you receive the compensation you need and deserve. Our knowledgeable attorneys can be reached at 609-240-0040. Call for a free consultation today.