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Truck Driver Fatigue

Truck Driver Fatigue

Kansas City Truck Accident Attorneys You Can Trust

If you are the victim of a truck accident, one of the first things to investigate is the conduct of the driver. Driver error is the leading factor in truck accidents, and driver fatigue is the biggest contributor to that statistic. Different avenues for compensation can be pursued in the case of driver error, but the legal advice and guidance of a skilled injury lawyer is indispensable in determining proper action.

At Peterson & Associates, P.C., our Kansas City truck accident lawyers aggressively fight to protect the rights of our clients by pursuing compensation from faulty parties. To contact us call (816) 298-8708.

The Issue of Drowsy Driving

Long shifts and monotonous road trips contribute to driver fatigue. Though this is the most preventable cause of truck accidents, drivers still underestimate the effects of their fatigue on the road and, as a result, misjudge lane changes, ignore impending danger, panic, overreact, or under-react in any given situation.

Federal Hours of Service Rules for Truckers

Regulations to ensure the safety of both truck drivers and other drivers are enforced by federal law. If you suspect that you were injured by a truck driver who was not following protocol, contact our truck accident attorneys for sound legal advice on how to proceed.

Federal regulations to prevent driver fatigue include the following:

  • Truck drivers can work a maximum of 14 hours per day.
  • During those 14 hours, they can only drive for 11 hours.
  • Truck drivers are limited to a 70-hour minimum average work week.
  • To continue after reaching the weekly limit, 34 hours of rest must be taken.
  • Truckers must also take a 30-minute break at some point within the first 7 hours of a shift.

To prove that a trucking company violated any of these hours of service rule, it is important to obtain a copy of the truck driver’s logs. If information is missing, you can review “trip tickets” by third parties that disclose when a load was picked up and delivered.

For Legal Advice, Contact Peterson & Associates, P.C.!

Since 1993, our firm has represented thousands of clients and collected over $475 million in compensation*. Don’t hesitate to report an accident caused by a fatigued driver. Let our skilled truck accident attorneys in Kansas City handle your case. We are prepared to fight aggressively for your rights and aren’t intimidated by trucking companies.

The best part is, if you don’t get compensated, you don’t have to pay us!
You have nothing to lose by calling us at (816) 298-8708.

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Choosing Our Team

Many people that have been injured in car accidents are unsure of where to start with a legal claim. Our team of highly trained lawyers can help to review the details of your crash and guide you through the process. Below, learn more about the attorneys at Peterson & Associates, P.C., their results, and contingency fees.

Contacting Our Kansas City Law Firm for a Free Consultation

Peterson & Associates, P.C. provides free consultations when you call or contact us online. Our law office is located in Kansas City, Missouri at:

Missouri’s Country Club Plaza 801 W. 47th Street, Suite 107, Kansas City MO 64112.

We do not charge our personal injury clients a fee unless their case is won, so there is no fee unless we win your case. Get in touch with us today as the first step in your pursuit of justice!

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