St. Louis Driver Fatigue Accident Attorneys
It’s happened to all of us: we behind the wheel late at night, exhausted at the end of a long day and we can barely keep our eyes open. We tend to remember that incident because we realize how dangerous it is to drive while tired and vow to never put ourselves in that position again. Now as dangerous as this is in an automobile, imagine how dangerous it would be if you were driving a 75,000 pound truck. It sounds crazy and completely reckless but the problem is that it happens every day.
Why Do Truck Drivers Drive Tired So Often in Missouri
Simply, there is enormous pressure to meet the delivery deadlines that were imposed by their employers. This pressure causes them to push past the point of fatigue in an attempt to go that make the delivery on time. They jobs may be on the line. And while they continue to drive on even after realizing they are too tired to fully concentrate they are taking chances with their own lives and the lives of anyone else who might share the road with them on that day.
Is There Any Law to Protect Us in Missouri?
Yes there is. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established the hours of Service regulations restricting the number of hours a trucker can drive before stopping to rest. This regulation is enforced by checking log book that every truck driver is forced to keep in his truck at all times. But these log books are currently kept by hand so truck drivers can easily forge their books before stopping to rest. Currently, the FMCSA is considering forcing trucking companies to install electronic on-board recorders to skirt this fraudulent activity. Therefore the logs would not be as susceptible to tampering. If you are a loved one was involved in a truck accident caused by a tired truck driver, you need to hire a St. Louis truck accident attorney to represent you in your case. Please contact our firm, The Bruning Law Firm, for a free consultation today!
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