Truck Accidents Caused by Tired Drivers
Most truck drivers are subject to the Hours-of-Service regulations which are issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA is part of the Department of Transportation, established in 2000 to safeguard the public from dangerous and reckless activities on the part of truckers. HOS regulations specify the number of continuous hours a trucker can stay on the road before stopping to rest, and drivers are required to report compliance by keeping detailed log books or using electronic monitoring devices. Despite the fact that a truck driver faces harsh penalties for violating federal regulations, many push the limits by driving far longer than is safe.
The driver who caused your truck accident can be held liable for the injuries you suffered and for the effect they will have on your future. A Miami personal injury lawyer from Klemick and Gampel, P.A. is ready to meet with you to discuss your options for taking legal action, and will advise you of the value of your claim. You may already have been offered a settlement from the insurance company, but it is not advisable to accept the offer before speaking with us about the situation-you may be entitled to far more compensation than you realize.Driver Fatigue and Miami Truck Accidents
We have more than 95 years of combined experience representing the victims of truck accidents, and know how to investigate for evidence that driver exhaustion was the cause. Unless the driver has admitted to driving while fatigued, it will likely be necessary to obtain copies of the driver’s log books. These are sometimes falsified to cover up HOS violations, but it is often possible to prove the case by comparing gas receipts and other records against the log book to demonstrate that the driver was on the road longer than permissible. Many truck drivers are under heavy pressure to meet strict delivery deadlines, but there is no excuse for putting the lives of others on the road at risk. Do not hesitate to pursue compensation for your injuries.
Contact a Miami truck accident attorney if you want to hold a tired driver accountable for your injuries.