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The Dangers of Overworked Truck Drivers

The federal government enforces the hours of service regulations in order to prevent trucking companies from pushing truck drivers to follow dangerous driving schedules. However, sometimes trucking companies choose to ignore these important safety measures, asking drivers to make long hauls that put them in a state of severe exhaustion and rob them of their ability to drive safely. As a result, these drivers become considerable safety risks to not only themselves, but also to other motorists on the road at the time.

Safety Hazards from Driver Exhaustion

As truck drivers try to make the deadlines set by their employers, they may be put in a stressful situation where they can’t stay awake or alert enough to get their cargo to the destination in time. In order to keep their jobs, though, many truck drivers gamble with their safety and push to adhere to their employers’ schedules. However, fatigued drivers can commit the following dangerous driving mistakes:

  • Failure to follow traffic signals such as stop signs or traffic lights
  • Weaving between lanes or even falling asleep behind the wheel and drifting off the road
  • Failure to pay attention to changing road conditions or the actions of other drivers

Motorists injured because of overworked truck drivers may be entitled to pursue compensation from the trucking companies that produced the dangerous and illegal driving schedule that contributed to the accident.

Taking the Next Steps

If you or someone you love has been injured because of an exhausted truck driver, there may be legal options available to pursue financial compensation from the liable trucking company. To learn more about these options and what to expect in the legal process, please fill out the contact form at the top of this page.