Sleepy Driving & Truck Accidents

Serving Gainesville, Jacksonville, Atlanta areas

The trucking industry is the one of the most competitive commercial industries in America. Drivers must make deliveries under incredibly tight deadlines, or risk losing their pay.

Unfortunately, this pressure often leads to fatigued driving, which is one of the biggest problems facing drivers of commercial trucks. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) estimates that fatigued driving plays a role in over 40% of all tractor-trailer accidents.

Unrealistic Schedules

Federal trucking laws have established Hours of Service (HOS) regulations that dictate how many consecutive hours a truck driver can spend on the road, and how many hours they must rest in between stretches of driving. Truckers are required to keep log books to record this time in detail.

When a truck drivers violates HOS rules to meet an unrealistic schedule and/or falsifies their log book entries, both the driver and the trucking company can be held responsible for any injuries caused in a truck accident.

Resorting to Drug Use

Fatigued truck drivers often resort to the use of stimulants (both legal and illegal) in an attempt to stay awake and alert on the road. Some of the most common stimulants used are ephedrine, caffeine, methamphetamines, and cocaine. These drugs come with dangerous potential side effects, including:

  • Paranoia
  • Confusion
  • Delayed reaction time
  • Poor judgment
  • Reckless driving

If you have been seriously injured in a truck accident because of a fatigued or intoxicated driver, or if your loved one was killed in a truck accident, please contact The Chestnut Firm today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Jacksonville truck accident lawyers.

We represent injured truck accident victims in Gainesville and Jacksonville, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Charlotte, North Carolina; and nationwide.