Nashville Truck Driver Fatigue Accident Attorney

Truck Driver Fatigue

Truck accident injuries and deaths in the US are on the rise. One reason is that truck drivers, who  are often pressured to make unreasonable delivery deadlines, are out there on the roads driving too long with too little sleep.

In 2010, semi truck, tractor trailer, and commercial vehicle accidents were responsible for 5000 fatalities in the U.S. and 100,000 injuries, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reported. This was a shocking increase from 2009, when the toll was reported at 3200. Of these, a significant number can be directly attributed to driver fatigue— at least 750 deaths and innumerable injuries—according to a report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

New Federal Regulations

The FMCSA, a division of the US Transportation Department, recently reduced the maximum number of hours a tractor-trailer truck driver can legally work in a week. The old rule allowed drivers to work up to 82 hours in any seven-day period; the new rule cuts that down to 70, with a limit of 11 hours in any single day. Drivers are also required to take at least a 30 minute break every eight hours, must rest at least two full nights between 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. when working the maximum driving shift, and are entitled to request a 34 hour “restart period” off duty after seven consecutive days of driving.

The law requires that drivers record their driving and resting time in a log book. The problem is that these can be falsified fairly easily. Electronic log systems (“black box recorders”) can provide important data on the driver’s activities leading up to a crash. Companies that fail to enforce these rules are subject to large fines. The new rules are scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2013. They are being appealed by the American Trucking Association, however.

Board Certified Nashville Truck Accident Attorney

If you’ve been injured in an accident in Tennessee involving a large commercial truck, an experienced personal injury lawyer is your best source of information on how to make a claim for compensation. Choose an attorney who limits his practice to personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Board-certified civil trial lawyer Phillip Miller is one of the most experienced lawyers in Nashville, with a thirty-year track record of recovering money for accidents victims and the highest possible rating with Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell, and AVVO. He will launch an immediate investigation of the accident and obtain records, logs, and background information on the driver’s training and driving history. He will determine if the driver violated federal regulations pertaining to hours on the road and rest periods and will attempt to determine if the company or the individual driver was responsible for the violation. If necessary, he will call on traffic safety experts to help prove that the truck driver was at fault in causing the accident, and will gather documentation to prove your damages. He will fight on your behalf to recover economic damages, including medical expenses and lost earnings, and non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life.

Call the Miller law offices in Nashville for a free consultation. Statutory time limits apply, so don’t risk losing your right to a recovery. Call today. If you can’t come to us, let us know and we’ll come to you. You don’t need to worry about the cost of retaining one of Nashville’s most experiences lawyers, because the Miller law firm takes cases on a contingency fee basis, What that means to you is you’ll pay no fees or expenses unless we win money for you.

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