Semi-trucks are responsible for far more than their fair share of major highway wrecks. According to the most up-to-date information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), approximately 300 Californians are killed in commercial truck accidents every single year. Due to the inherent dangers associated with large trucks, companies have a duty to ensure that they are only putting safe, attentive drivers behind the wheel.
To operate a truck safely, a driver needs to be well-rested. Unfortunately, far too often, the big trucking companies that operate in our region encourage drivers to work very aggressive schedules. Sometimes this means that companies are forcing drivers behind the wheel while they are overly fatigued. This is an unacceptable and dangerous practice. When trucking companies put their profits over the safety of Californians, they need to be held accountable.
At Fisher & Talwar, our experienced Los Angeles truck accident attorneys have extensive experience handling fatigued truck driver accidents. If you were injured in a commercial truck crash, please contact our legal team as soon as possible. We will conduct a free, comprehensive review of your personal injury claim and determine exactly what needs to be done to get you the full financial compensation that you deserve.
Fatigued Driving is Extremely Dangerous
Over the years, many different studies have found that truck driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of preventable tractor trailer accidents. When a driver is fatigued, their ability to operate a vehicle safely is reduced, and dramatically so. Indeed, high levels of fatigue can be as dangerous as intoxicated driving. Some of the effects of fatigue include:
- Loss of alertness;
- Slowed reaction times;
- Short-term memory problems;
- Loss of coordination;
- Reduced ability to process information; and
- The risk of a driver falling asleep.
Federal Safety Regulations Have Been Enacted to Reduce Truck Driver Fatigue
In 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) took action to attempt to address the problem of fatigued truckers. The federal agency instituted several safety regulations. These rules apply to all trucks that are engaging in interstate commerce, and they were also adopted by the state of California for trucking that occurs only within the state. More specifically, the FMCSA put the following three new rules in place that limit a truck driver’s service time:
- All truckers must take a 30-minute break at least once per 8 hours;
- Truck drivers are limited to 70 total hours working during each week; and
- Truckers must have at least 34 consecutive hours off the road at least once each week.
If a trucking company violates any of these rules, that business must be held liable for its misconduct. Additionally, trucking companies have a general legal duty to ensure that their drivers are not too fatigued to operate their truck safely at all times. If a truck driver gets behind the wheel and causes an accident because of their tiredness or fatigue, the driver and the company can both be held legally liable for negligence.
Contact Our Southern California Commercial Truck Accident Attorneys Today
At Fisher & Talwar, our dedicated semi-truck accident lawyers have extensive experience handling accident claims involving improperly loaded trucks. If you or a loved one was injured in a truck crash, please call us today at (213) 805-7706 or use our short online contact form to request a free review of your case. From our office in the heart of Los Angeles, we serve communities throughout Southern California, including in Orange County and Ventura County.
Compensation Available to Semi-Truck Accident Victims
California is a pure comparative negligence state. For truck accident victims, this means that they can hold the at fault trucking company legally liable for the full value of their damages. Sadly, in accident claims, truck companies are represented by large insurance companies that do everything in their power to limit a victim’s financial recovery. To get full compensation, you need to work with a qualified Los Angeles semi-truck accident lawyer who can help you prepare and present the strongest possible legal claim. At Fisher & Talwar, we are committed to helping accident victims get every dollar that they rightfully deserve under the law. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, we can help you seek financial recovery for:
- The damage to your vehicle;
- Emergency medical expenses;
- All other medical bills;
- Any costs associated with long-term care;
- Lost current and future wages;
- Pain and suffering;
- Emotional distress;
- Loss of limb;
- Other severe physical impairment;
- Loss of life enjoyment; and
- Wrongful death damages.
Were You Injured in an Accident With a Fatigued Truck Driver?
We can help. At Fisher & Talwar, our top-rated commercial truck accidents attorneys have helped many injured victims obtain full and fair compensation for their damages. If you were hurt in a truck accident with a fatigued driver in Southern California, please call our firm today at
(213) 805-7706 to set up a free review of your legal case. We represent clients throughout the Los Angeles metro area, including in Ventura County and Orange County.