One of the most common causes of serious truck accidents is truck driver fatigue. Truck drivers have to drive very long stretches to move cargo within a certain deadline. In order to meet these deadlines, some truck drivers choose to violate truck safety regulations by driving much longer than they are permitted without taking their required rest breaks. Sadly, all too often the result of this negligence is serious injury or death when the truck driver causes an accident.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one in a preventable truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. McNair Law Offices, PLLC is committed to protecting the rights of truck accident victims in Erie and throughout Pennsylvania and is prepared to fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve. With more than 35 years of experience, we have the resources, skills, and determination to bring you outstanding results.
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While most truck drivers are careful and responsible, there are some that choose to ignore regulations out of carelessness or for their own personal gain. In order to cut down on preventable accidents caused by fatigue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has developed a set of Hours of Service regulations that dictate how long a commercial truck driver is allowed to drive before they must take a break. For example, property–carrying drivers are permitted to drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. When drivers ignore this rule to move more cargo faster, they run the risk of suffering decreased reaction times, decreased alertness, and an increased chance of falling asleep behind the wheel. With up to 80,000 pounds of cargo in tow, the results can be disastrous to the occupants of smaller and lighter passenger vehicles.
Truck drivers who end up hurting someone because they chose to break the rules should not go unpunished. Our truck accident attorneys in Erie have recovered millions of dollars for the injured so that they can pay their medical bills and be compensated for their lost wages and pain and suffering. If you have suffered a catastrophic injury in a truck accident, such as a brain injury, spinal cord injury, burn injury, or other injury, you should immediately contact our firm to learn more about taking legal action. Because there is a statute of limitations in place, you must act as soon as possible to avoid potentially losing your right to pursue compensation.
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