The motor carrier industry is one of the most competitive businesses in America. Because of this, trucking companies often impose tight schedules on their drivers, giving them a delivery window that favors speed over safety. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has imposed Hours of Service regulations designed to limit the amount of consecutive hours that truckers can drive. However, sometimes the delivery window a driver is given makes following these regulations virtually impossible.
As a result, fatigued driving has become one of the most common causes of commercial truck accidents. Pressure from the motor carrier often prompts tired drivers to skip or shorten their mandatory rest breaks, entering false reports into their log book. Additionally, the push to make a fast delivery often leads to truckers:
- Performing short/inadequate inspections of the truck
- Taking illegal drugs to stay awake
If these factors cause a truck accident that results in serious injury, both the truck driver and the motor carrier may be held responsible for negligence. If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by a fatigued driver, our experienced Columbus truck accident attorneys will thoroughly investigate your accident to determine the cause, and gather the necessary evidence to hold every negligent party accountable.
To schedule a free case evaluation, please contact Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. or call (614) 766-2000. Our experienced Columbus tractor-trailer accident attorneys represent injured victims throughout Columbus, Dublin, New Albany, and the rest of Ohio.