Portland Tired Driver Accident Attorney
Legal Help from the Portland Truck Accident Lawyer
Truck accidents are among the most serious types of collisions due to the size of trucks and the speeds they travel on highways and freeways. Driver fatigue is a common cause of serious or fatal accidents. Truck drivers spend long hours on the road, and their pay is largely based upon deadline deliveries. This sets up an incentive to keep driving, even if sleep deprived, too often with disastrous results.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident due to driver exhaustion, you should contact the Law Offices of Timothy Grabe. As a Portland injury & accident attorney, our founding lawyer has been successfully helping clients recover compensation for such accidents for more than 35 years.
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Truck Drivers Must Follow Federal Regulations
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration governs trucking companies. They lay out the many rules and regulations that trucking companies and drivers must adhere to in order to make the roadways as safe as possible. Studies have shown that a tired truck driver can be as hazardous on the road as a drunk driver.
These regulations include:
- Limits on how long each day a driver can drive
- Set rules regarding long rest periods every week
- Limits on total weekly driving hours
The current hours of service limit the driving time for truckers to 11 consecutive hours per day, with rest breaks in between. When a truck driver violates these rules and causes an accident due to fatigue, then the driver or the trucking company should be held responsible for damages.
Dangers of Fatigued Truck Driving
Fatigued driving is a serious hazard because it reduced alertness and impaired motor skills required to operate a large vehicle safely. Studies have shown that being sleep deprived has the same effects as drunk driving. Federal law imposes driving limits for a reason – to keep the driver and others who share the road safe.
Working Hard to Help the Injured Seek Justice
These accidents usually require extensive investigations to determine the cause, so time is of the essence. We personally work on every client’s case along with our team, including accident reconstruction experts, engineers, and more to help us analyze data and determine liability.
From reviewing driver logs, company policies, driver qualifications, black boxes, and other evidence, we can gain a better understanding of what caused your accident and who is responsible. We are compassionate advocates for your rights, leaving no stone unturned to achieve justice for you.
Contact us today at 503-223-0022 to discuss your case during a free, initial consultation.