Truck Driver Fatigue and San Antonio Trucking Accident Lawyers
It is no secret that a truck driver who suffers from fatigue is more likely to be involved in an accident. With such accidents, serious injuries can result and that is why you need a San Antonio Trucking Accident Lawyer from Carabin Shaw Law Firm to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve from a trucking accident.Driver Fatigue
Some factors for driver fatigue include sleep deprivation and industrial “time on task” fatigue. Failure to get proper sleep affects their attentiveness and sleepiness through a 24 hour day. For “time on task” performance declines the longer a person is engaged in a task.
This means that if a driver is on the job for a long period of time, they not only disrupt sleep patterns, but they also lose attentiveness to safely drive their truck. In order to combat the factors of driver fatigue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has created Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. These limit daily and weekly driving and working hours, as well as regulate the minimum amount of time drivers must rest between shifts.
Long-haul drivers are normally paid by the mile, not by the hour. Truck drivers are legally not required to receive overtime pay for anything more than the 40-hour work week. Some truck drivers choose to violate the HOS to earn more money. When they do, catastrophic consequences can result from injuries sustained in an accident. It is important to have a San Antonio Trucking Accident Lawyer at the ready.Call your San Antonio Trucking Accident Lawyers Today
As the area grows, the amount of traffic increases in the San Antonio area. With the traffic increase, there will be more commercial and/or 18 wheelers on the road. While most truck drivers are responsible and obey the limitations set to them, there are those who will choose to ignore it, and cause a fatigue related accident. Be ready with a San Antonio Trucking Accident Lawyer to protect your rights and fight for your deserved compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a large commercial vehicle or an 18 wheeler, call our San Antonio Trucking Accident Lawyers at Carabin Shaw Law Firm. Our dedicated team of lawyers know the federal rules and regulations that truck drivers, and the trucking companies that employ them, must follow. Call us at 210.222.2288, day or night, for more information.