Contact Our Experienced Truck Accident Attorney
Approximately one in four multiple vehicle
auto accidents resulting in a fatality involve a large truck, including semi-trucks or
18 wheelers. Every year commercial truck accidents kill over 5,000 people
and harm about 150,000 on the highways nationally. Driver fatigue and
drowsiness result in numerous accidents.
Usually, violations of failure to stay in the proper lane and running off
the road are common occurrences involving 18-wheeler driver fatigue. A
qualified San Antonio accident lawyer experienced in handling 18-wheeler
cases will research a truck driver’s consecutive on-duty hours before
the accident to see if driver fatigue is the likely cause.
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free case evaluation!
About Fatigue & Truck Driver Regulation
Truck drivers are required by federal law not to exceed a specified number
of consecutive on-duty hours in a 24 hour period in order to qualify for
a new work cycle. Unfortunately, trucking companies often put profit over
safety and push their drivers past the boundaries. Staying on the road
longer than safely allowed is a flagrant violation of the law and puts
lives at risk. When a truck driver is pushed by his / her trucking company
to meet deadlines truck drivers often resort to driving longer than legally
allowed. The trucking company is held responsible for these types of violations.
If you have been injured, contact a qualified
San Antonio truck accident attorney immediately.
Things you should know about truck driver fatigue in San Antonio:
- In 1999, large trucks accounted for 13% of all passenger vehicle deaths
but only 3% of registered vehicles.
- The risk of an accident doubles from the 8th to the 10th hour of driving.
- 28% of drivers surveyed by FHWSA in 1999 admitted to sleeping at the wheel
in the prior month.
- Nearly 75% of 1,200+ polled truck drivers had violated hours of service
Driver fatigue is extremely dangerous and is often the cause of
catastrophic 18 wheeler accidents. If you or someone you know has been in an accident with a commercial
truck in San Antonio, contact an experienced truck accident lawyer. The
Aguirre Law Firm, PLLC will investigate the cause of the 18 wheeler accident
despite the stated police report. We can diligently expose whether or
not the driver took rest periods in accordance with the law.
Contact us or call (210) 960-9875 to speak with our experienced truck accident attorney
Alex Aguirre today.