Earlier this week, we discussed a trucking accident that tragically killed a California family. The crash happened after a semi-truck failed to slow down to avoid stopped cars sitting in heavy traffic. That truck hit the family's cars at full free-way speeds of 75 miles per hour.
According to the wrongful death suit, driver fatigue was a big factor in the wreck. This post will look at some ways in which this issue could affect the case.
Federal safety rules require truck drivers to get plenty of rest so that they can stay alert on the roads. Before driving, truckers must have 10 continuous hours of off-duty rest time. Rested drivers can then spend 14 hours of "windshield time" behind the wheel before they have to take another 10 hours to rest and recover. These rules exist to prevent fatigue-related problems like impaired judgment or slowed reaction times.
Continue reading Trucking Accidents And Federal Safety Rules, Part 2
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