Sometimes it seems that there are an endless number of trucks moving across the country on our highways. The reality is that there are not nearly enough truck drivers to meet national demand. For this reason, truck drivers tend to be overworked. Tired or fatigued drivers have slow reaction times, similar to drunk drivers. Their decision-making abilities are also impaired. To combat fatigue, truckers are known to use illegal drugs and over-the-counter medications. This can make them even more dangerous to others on the road. At Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, P.C., we use all available evidence to prove that truck drivers were fatigued and are responsible for your injuries.
Trucks are massive machines that must be driven with the utmost care and undivided attention. Tractor trailers, 18 wheelers and other trucks have the ability to maim or kill others on the road in even low-speed accidents. Unfortunately, trucking companies have an incentive to make drivers work long hours. A truck only earns money when it is moving. The more loads a company moves, the more money they make. The more breaks drivers take to sleep or rest, the less money a company earns.
For this reason, there are very specific federal laws about how much rest truckers need:
These rules are complicated and constantly changing. They require drivers to keep accurate logs of exactly when and how long they worked. Our truck accident attorneys frequently find that truckers falsify these logs so they can work extended hours. When they do, we use this as evidence of fatigue in court.
Truck accident cases often involve more companies and people than car accident cases. This is because there are many more things that can go wrong and many more parties that can be held liable. Some of the people and companies who can be named in a lawsuit for your injuries include:
In other cases, mechanics, manufacturers and even governmental agencies can be held accountable for a truck wreck. Our attorneys work closely with accident reconstruction experts to figure out whether a driver was fatigued and who should be held responsible.
Proving that a trucking company overworked their driver can be a complicated task. At Massengill, Caldwell & Coughlin, P.C., our team has experience gathering many types of evidence to help prove that fatigued driving caused your injuries. Call us today at 423-201-4208 or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation. We represent clients in upper East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.