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When it Comes to Trucking, Fatigue Can Be Deadly
by our Mississippi Attorney for Truck Accident Lawsuits (MS)
Truckers can legally drive for up to eleven hours at a time. Such long hours behind the wheel create a situation where drivers are often extremely tired when operating these large vehicles. Unfortunately, while the hours allowed are likely too long for drivers to be able to travel safely, some truckers violate such regulations and drive for additional hours, creating even greater risks of fatigue-related collisions.
Studies suggest that when drivers are behind the wheel for more than eight hours, the risk of collision doubles. However, there is no way to fully understand just how many crashes are related to truck driver fatigue, as there is no test to tell whether a driver has suffered this type of impairment prior to a wreck.
Attempts to reduce service hours are controversial, and the trucking industry has often fought such changes.
Long hours lead to sleep deprivation and cause drivers to struggle with abnormal schedules that impact their sleep cycles. Drivers who admit to violating service hours have been shown to be more likely to fall asleep while operating their trucks.
It has been challenging to catch drivers who committed violations of hours of service regulations because the logbooks are susceptible to doctoring. In 2017, electronic devices started to be used to keep track of hours of service, and this has helped to make it more difficult to change logbooks.
Before 2004, drivers were only allowed to spend a total of ten hours behind the wheel, but regulators chose to increase that number. Studies showed that after that change went into effect, the number of truckers who reported falling asleep behind the wheel increased, indicating that the extra hour is causing more risks associated with fatigue.
In the event of a truck accident, talk to our 18-wheeler accident lawyer about your rights and legal options.
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If you or a loved one is seeking legal justice and monetary compensation for injuries or the loss of a loved one, call Giddens Law Firm, P.A. at (601) 355-2022 or Toll Free at (888) 335-2022. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. A truck accident lawsuit must be filed before its expiration date, also known as the statute of limitations. Please call right away to losing your right to possible financial compensation.
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Mr. Giddens focuses on serving those who have been victims of crashes involving 18-wheeler tractor-trailer semi-trucks, and is able to represent the victims as well as the families of those who have passed in such wrecks. Not only does Mr. Giddens represent the interests of those hurt in these wrecks, but he also studies the trucking industry and follows new developments in it so that he can remain at the forefront of trucking litigation. Mr. Giddens has served as an ambassador for the implementation of side underride guard protections, which can substantially prevent death or serious injury in nearly 75% of trucking crashes when installed.
If you or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, call Giddens Law Firm, P.A. at (601) 355-2022 or Toll Free at (888) 335-2022. The initial consultation is free of charge, and if we agree to handle your case, we will work on a contingency fee basis, which means we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds.
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