How Fatigue Can Affect Truck Drivers Behind The Wheel

Operators of semi-trucks are governed by strict hours-of-service regulations meant to keep drivers rested and reduce the risk of accidents. Unfortunately, not every truck driver follows these rules, which can lead to catastrophic consequences on the road. If you or someone you care about suffered severe injuries in a collision involving a big rig, our Eau Claire truck accident lawyers can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

Regulations established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration limit truck drivers to a maximum work week of 70 hours, with an 11-hour daily cap on driving. However, tight deadlines and unrealistic schedules can tempt drivers and trucking companies alike to exceed the safety regulations on hours of service.

Lack of sleep can compromise safe driving ability in multiple ways, including:

  • Loss of focus
  • Impaired reaction time
  • Diminished vigilance and attention to traffic and road conditions
  • Poor judgment and information processing
  • Instances of short-term memory loss, such as forgetting the past few minutes of driving

Fatigue endangers not only the truck driver but the safety of pedestrians and drivers and passengers in other vehicles, too. Between the weight of the rig itself and any cargo, the massive size of semis can make truck accidents significantly more devastating than a crash involving standard passenger vehicles.

To find out more about how our Eau Claire truck accident lawyers can build a strong case against a negligent operator on your behalf, please contact Boller & Vaughan LLC or call 608-268-0268 today to schedule your initial consultation.