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Truck Company Negligence – Unrealistic Scheduling

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Many truck drivers today are experienced, safe drivers – their livelihood depends on delivering their cargo safely. A trucker can lose his or her commercial driver’s license because of an accident or violation. However, many trucking companies have unrealistic scheduling goals – too many trips in a short period. In order to make money or because they feel pressured or they fear losing their job, some drivers get behind the wheel – regardless of how many hours they have been on the road without a good night’s sleep. Unrealistic scheduling means driver fatigue!

If you have been involved in a truck accident because of a driver who has been on the road for a long time, call The Truck Accident Attorneys of the Garcia Law Firm at (800) 281-8515. One of our experienced personal injury trial attorneys will guide you through the legal process, keeping you informed all the way.

There are many trucking companies on the roads today; it is a competitive business. Companies work on unrealistic delivery times because they know even though some drivers will refuse to work long hours, someone else will take the load. Some drivers feel they cannot afford to turn down the load because it means losing money or their job security.

Unrealistic schedules cause accidents by:
• Keeping fatigued drivers on the road
• Forcing drivers to drive at excessive speeds
• Overloading the trucks – more cargo to the destination
• Mechanics who perform only cursory maintenance

Federal Regulations/Fatigue
Driver fatigue plays a role in about 40% of truck accidents involving commercial trucks. Hours of Service, a Federal law, states how many hours a driver can spend on the road daily and weekly, and how many hours they must take off between jobs. Federal law requires drivers to keep a driving log including their rest times, and receipts for gas and other purchases along the way. Drivers who meet unrealistic schedules break HOS rules by writing fraudulent entries in their logbooks. Drivers who obey the rules can still suffer from fatigue. Sleeping on irregular schedules can mean sleeping poorly or no sleep at all. Some drivers on their breaks catch up with their families and friends who they do not see often.

When there is a conflict with regulations and delivery schedules, some drivers will make up the time by driving too fast. Accidents occur too often when excessive speeds are involved. Drivers suffering from fatigue will sometimes use stimulants to stay awake and alert on long trips. Stimulants are not safe; they cause reckless driving, confusion, poor judgment and impaired reaction time. Besides using drugs, drivers drink a lot of coffee, which includes caffeine. Drivers in a hurry often forget to check their load. An improperly loaded truck can get out of control or the load can fall off the truck and hit other vehicles.

If you or a loved one were injured by an accident involving a tractor-trailer, contact The Garcia Law Firm at (800) 281-8515. We will fight to obtain justice for you.

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