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Get the Compensation You Deserve After a Devastating Accident

Fatigue is a dangerous factor for anyone operating a motor vehicle, but it is especially dangerous for drivers of multi-ton tractor-trailers. Driver fatigue is the number one cause of truck accidents on America’s highways. As one of the most competitive commercial industries in America, the trucking industry is built around making fast deliveries of thousands of products every day. Unfortunately, this often leads trucking companies to place undue pressure on their drivers, asking them to meet scheduling demands that simply cannot be met without serious safety compromises.

Truck accidents are responsible for a higher percentage of injuries and deaths than accidents involving passenger vehicles. And the leading cause of truck accidents is driver fatigue.

Have you been injured in a Virginia truck accident caused by a drowsy truck driver?

Truck driver fatigue is a serious threat on our roadways, and accidents caused by fatigued drivers can have life-altering consequences. If you've been hurt in such an accident, you deserve compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Our Virginia truck driver fatigue attorney can help you navigate the legal process and fight for the justice you deserve.

Understanding Truck Driver Fatigue and its Dangers

Truck driving is a demanding job with long hours, tight deadlines, and irregular sleep patterns. This combination can lead to significant fatigue, which is just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Studies show that fatigued drivers experience:

  • Slower reaction times: This makes it difficult to react to sudden changes in traffic or road conditions, increasing the risk of accidents.
  • Impaired judgment: Drowsy drivers make poor decisions, such as changing lanes without proper signaling or misjudging distances.
  • Micronaps: These brief moments of sleep can happen in a fraction of a second, causing the driver to lose complete awareness of their surroundings.

The Impact of Trucking Industry Practices

While federal regulations exist to limit driver fatigue, the trucking industry can be pressured to prioritize profits over safety. This can lead to:

  • Unrealistic deadlines: Trucking companies may push drivers to meet tight delivery schedules, encouraging them to drive for longer than allowed or skip rest breaks.
  • Driver compensation based on miles driven: This creates an incentive for drivers to drive as much as possible, regardless of fatigue.
  • Falsification of logbooks: Some drivers may feel compelled to tamper with their mandatory logs to hide violations of driving time limits.

TRUCK DRIVERS SOMETIMES IGNORE FEDERAL REGULATIONS

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates truckers with laws that govern exactly how long they can operate a truck on a daily and weekly basis, as well as how long their rest breaks should be after each driving shift. According to federal law, drivers must:

  • Not operate their truck for more than 11 consecutive hours
  • Take a minimum 10-hour rest break after a full driving shift
  • Limit on-duty time to 60 hours in seven days, or 70 hours in eight days

In spite of these regulations, drivers and trucking companies may ignore or encourage breaking these rules in order to reap the financial benefits of completing more jobs in shorter timeframes. This often means shortening required rest breaks and/or driving for longer than 11 consecutive hours just to meet the demands of their employer. Some trucking companies even pay their drivers by the mile and do not compensate them for any on-duty time spent inspecting trucks or taking other safety precautions.

Some truck drivers resort to drugs to combat fatigue, but many drugs can actually increase the risk of a collision by affecting a driver’s ability to reason and respond to routine challenges such as adverse weather, poor road conditions, shifting cargo loads, and heavy traffic. Other drivers falsify their mandatory logbooks in an attempt to conceal how many hours they’ve really spent behind the wheel on a given day.

How a Virginia Truck Driver Fatigue Attorney Can Help

A Virginia truck driver fatigue attorney with experience in these cases can:

  • Investigate the Cause of the Accident: They will gather evidence to prove that driver fatigue played a role in the accident, such as reviewing police reports, driver logs, truck maintenance records, and witness statements.
  • Identify All Liable Parties: Truck accident claims can involve multiple parties, such as the driver, the trucking company, a third-party loader responsible for securing cargo, or a parts manufacturer whose faulty component may have caused the accident. Your attorney will identify all parties who share responsibility.
  • Fight for Fair Compensation: Your attorney will calculate the full extent of your damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and potential future medical needs.
  • Negotiate a Settlement or Go to Trial: Most cases settle out of court. Your attorney will negotiate an appropriate settlement offer that covers all of your damages. If a fair settlement cannot be reached, they will represent you in court.

What to Look for in a Virginia Truck Driver Fatigue Attorney

When choosing an attorney, consider the following:

  • Experience: Choose an attorney with a proven track record of success in handling truck accident cases, particularly those involving driver fatigue.
  • Resources: Truck accident litigation can be complex. Look for an attorney with the resources to investigate your case thoroughly and fight for the compensation you deserve.
  • Reputation: Talk to friends, family, or your doctor for recommendations. You can also read online reviews to get a sense of an attorney's reputation.
  • Communication: Choose an attorney who is responsive to your questions and concerns and who will keep you informed throughout the legal process.

Don't Wait to Take Action

The Virginia truck accident attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman know that, like most traffic accidents, collisions involving semi-trucks are largely avoidable. We have helped numerous truck accident victims and their families recover the financial compensation they deserve, and we understand trucking company policies and tricks. We have the experience and resources to investigate logbooks, challenge inaccuracies, work with accident reconstruction experts, and investigate trucking company practices and history.


If you’ve been harmed or a loved one suffered wrongful death in a truck accident, please contact the Virginia truck accident lawyers at Kalfus & Nachman to schedule your free consultation.


Additional Resources:

  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA): https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/ regulates the trucking industry and sets safety standards for truck drivers.
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA): https://www.nhtsa.gov/ provides information on drowsy driving and truck safety.

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