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Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 392.3 establishes that a truck driver cannot operate a commercial motor vehicle and a motor carrier cannot require or permit a driver to operate a commercial motor vehicle when the driver’s ability or alertness is impaired through fatigue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that Large Truck Crash Causation Study (LTCCS) reported that 13 percent of commercial motor vehicle drivers were considered to have been fatigued at the time of their crash.

Illness or fatigue is also covered in section 6.3.1 of the FMCSA Motor Carrier Safety Planner. Driver fatigue has long been known to be an issue with commercial truck drivers, who make cross-country trips all years long that require them to work very long hours.

California Fatigued Driving Truck Accident Attorney

If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a truck accident caused by truck driver fatigue in California, reach out for legal representation right away. You will only have a limited amount of time to hold the negligent parties accountable.

The May Firm can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

Types of Fatigued Driving Truck Accidents

Driver fatigue, sometime referred to as “drowsy driving,” may cause such types of crashes as:

  • T-Bone Collisions
  • Override Accidents
  • Intersection Accidents
  • Wide-Turning Accidents
  • Head-On Collisions
  • Rear-End Collisions
  • Rollover Accidents
  • Blocking Accidents
  • Underride Accidents
  • Jackknife Accidents

CFR § 395.3 establishes maximum driving time for property-carrying vehicles. CFR § 395.3(a)(1) provides that a truck driver cannot drive without first taking 10 consecutive hours off duty. Under CFR § 395.3(a)(2), a truck driver can drive only during a period of 14 consecutive hours after coming on duty following 10 consecutive hours off duty, and the driver cannot drive after the end of the 14-consecutive-hour period without first taking 10 consecutive hours off duty. CFR § 395.3(a)(3) provides that a truck driver can drive a total of 11 hours during a 14-hour period.

CFR § 395.3(b) further states that no motor carrier can permit or require a driver of a property-carrying commercial motor vehicle to drive, nor can any driver drive a property-carrying commercial motor vehicle for any period after the truck driver has been on duty 60 hours in any period of seven consecutive days if the employing motor carrier does not operate commercial motor vehicles every day of the week or has been on duty 70 hours in any period of eight consecutive days if the employing motor carrier operates commercial motor vehicles every day of the week.

CFR § 395.5 establishes the maximum driving times for passenger-carrying vehicles, and CFR § 395.5(a) provides that a truck driver cannot drive a passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicle more than 10 hours following 8 consecutive hours off duty or for any period after having been on duty 15 hours following eight consecutive hours off duty. Under CFR § 395.5(b), no truck driver can drive a passenger-carrying commercial motor vehicle for any period after having been on duty 60 hours in any seven consecutive days if the employing motor carrier does not operate commercial motor vehicles every day of the week, or having been on duty 70 hours in any period of eight consecutive days if the employing motor carrier operates commercial motor vehicles every day of the week.

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Types of Fatigued Driving Truck Accident Injuries

Drowsy drivers could cause a wide variety of accidents. In some cases, the driver could fall asleep at the wheel, which leads to a sudden shift in the entire commercial truck.

Some of the most common kinds of fatigued driving truck accident injuries include, but are not limited to:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Fractures
  • Burn injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Paralysis
  • Muscle strains
  • Internal organ injuries
  • Sprains

When a truck driver is fatigued, they could also be more likely to be involved in a fatal accident. The family of the person killed can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent party or parties.

Contact a Fatigued Driving Truck Accident Lawyer in California

Did you suffer severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a truck accident in California caused by a truck driver fatigue? Do not let an insurance company force you into a settlement that you know will not be enough.

The May Firm will fight to make sure that you get every last dollar that you are entitled to. We can examine your case when you call (844) 629-3476 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.

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