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Dangers of Truck Driver Fatigue

Dangers of Truck Driver Fatigue | Carlsbad accident attorneyAccording to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), trucker fatigue contributes to 13 percent of all commercial truck accidents in the U.S. Our Carlsbad accident attorney, Zev Rubinstein, understands the intricacies of proving negligence in a personal injury case, and has aggressively advocated for truck accident victims and their families for decades.

Federal regulations restrict truck operators from driving more than 11 consecutive hours a day, and require a minimum of 10 consecutive hours of off-duty time between shifts. While most drivers comply with these guidelines, tight timelines sometimes compel truckers to push their natural limits.

Studies find that many truck operators don’t realize when fatigue has compromised their ability to safely drive. Drowsy drivers often fail to observe traffic signals, react slowly to roadway obstacles or stray into adjacent lanes.

Truck Driver Fatigue Facts

  • The National Institutes of Health report that 24 consecutive sleepless hours impairs driver performance to the equivalent of a 0.10% blood alcohol level. That is 2.5 times the legal limit for commercial truck drivers.
  • Almost 25 percent of truck operators admit to falling asleep while behind the wheel.
  • Professional tuckers report an average of five hours of sleep between driving shifts, which is two to four hours less than the amount of uninterrupted sleep required for adequate rest. After two consecutive nights of poor slumber, truckers begin to exhibit driving impairments.

Establishing driver fatigue can be difficult. Unlike in a drunk driving case, there is no decisive test for exhaustion. Our experienced Carlsbad accident attorney is skilled at conducting extensive case investigations, painstakingly examining eyewitness testimony, driver history, official reports and physical evidence.

If you’ve been injured in a truck collision, please contact the Rubinstein Law Group today by calling (855) 365-9955 or by completing the form on this page to schedule a free review of your case. We welcome clients from Carlsbad, Oceanside, Escondido and San Marcos.