Utah Fatigued Driving Accident Attorney
Truck Accidents Caused by Exhausted Truck Drivers
An inordinate number of truck accidents are caused by fatigued truck drivers every year. Out of all the industries to work in, truckers are among those who work the longest, most grueling hours. As absurd as it might seem, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) actually allows truckers to drive to the brink of exhaustion and, arguably, beyond it.
If you were driving the highways of Utah when a fatigued trucker crashed right into you, then it is time to explore your legal rights to pursue full compensation. Attorney Jeff Metler and his law firm can help you with every step along the way. You could be moments away from getting all the legal assistance you need. Just call (801) 349-1009 or contact his firm now to schedule a free consultation.
How Long Can Truckers Stay on the Road?
If you have gone on a road trip or commuted long hours, then you know firsthand how quickly fatigue can set in when behind the wheel. Most drivers would probably admit that they get too tired to drive safely around the 5 or 6-hour mark of a trip.
However, the FMCSA allows most truck drivers to work 14-hour shifts with up to 11 hours behind the wheel. Just through common knowledge of driver exhaustion, it can be said that most truckers who are at least halfway into their shifts are starting to feel fatigued.
To make matters worse, some truck drivers can work even longer shifts if they do not drive further than a 150-air mile radius from their starting point. In other words, when you see a short-haul commercial truck on the highway, the truck driver might have been driving for even more than 11 hours that day. With these controversial FMCSA regulations in place, it becomes almost not surprising that fatigued truck accidents are such a huge problem on the highways of Utah and the rest of the United States.
What Does Exhaustion Do to a Truck Driver?
Fatigue has been compared to intoxication in terms of how it impacts a driver’s abilities to safely control their vehicle. The more exhausted a truck driver feels, the more “drunk” they will appear to be. Based on some driving safety studies, someone who has been driving for 8 hours or who has been awake for 16 hours will exhibit the same dangerous driving behaviors as someone with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of 0.08 or higher.
A truck driver who is exhausted will likely:
- Need more time to bring their truck to a complete stop.
- Struggle to keep their eyes on the road.
- Swerve while driving in a straight line.
- Break the speed limit without realizing it.
All of these driving behaviors are extremely dangerous, especially when considering the size and weight of a tractor-trailer. A single mistake can spell disaster for anyone else in a smaller vehicle.
Sue the Truck Driver for Their Negligence
Attorney Jeff Metler is here to make your fatigued truck accident case in Utah easier on you. He can manage all of the specific and intricate details, like calculating your damages, proving liability, and even fighting with stubborn insurance companies. Meanwhile, you can focus on your own health and happiness. He and his team are ready to do the most for your case!
Call his firm at (801) 349-1009 to get more information about suing a truck driver.