Truck Accidents Caused By Truck Driver Fatigue

Tired truck drivers have slower reaction times than drivers who are properly rested. Many devastating accidents would never have happened if the truck driver involved had taken the rest breaks that are required by federal truck safety violations.

At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers in Syracuse, New York, our lawyers hold negligent truck drivers accountable when their actions cause serious injury or death to others. Our lawyers have recovered more than $100 million in personal injury and wrongful death awards for our clients.

Hours-Of-Service Laws And Truck Driver Fatigue

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a number of hours-of-service regulations to help prevent accidents caused by truck driver fatigue. For example, truckers carrying loads:

  • May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • May be on duty (driving and loading/unloading) a maximum of 14 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty
  • May drive a maximum of 60 hours in seven consecutive days or 70 hours in eight consecutive days
  • Must take a 30-minute rest break during the first eight hours of a shift

Drivers are also required to complete logbooks to show that they took required rest breaks. To ensure that the logbook is accurate, our lawyers will compare it with other evidence such as food and fuel receipts, toll receipts, and the truck's GPS system (if equipped).

Our law firm has extensive experience assisting victims of truck accidents. With us, your case will also get the time and attention it deserves to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries.

Serving Victims Of Semi Accidents In Syracuse And Upstate New York

To speak with an attorney about your truck driver fatigue case, call DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers at 315-479-9000 or contact us online. We offer evening and weekend appointments as well as home and hospital visits.