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Did exhaustion contribute to a dangerous truck accident?

Texas residents likely understand that driving is not always an exciting task. While it can be fun to set off on a road trip to discover a new vacation spot or to visit friends, it can become monotonous after hours of time behind the wheel. Readers may have even experienced the tiredness that can set in when one has spent too much time driving without having taken a needed break.

When drivers fail to take breaks and drive for hours at a time, their focus can become lost and their brains may become exhausted. It is hard to make safe driving maneuvers when one is too tired to pay attention to their surroundings, and unsurprisingly these safety issues affect truck drivers at an alarming rate. Because truck drivers spend days of their lives driving, they can succumb to the exhaustion and dangers that accompany spending too much time behind the wheels of their rigs.

In order to combat this problem the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established a set of regulations to limit the number of hours of service that commercial drivers may operate without breaks. Time limits are set to detail when they should stop and get out of their rigs, when the may rest in sleeping births and when they must sleep in beds outside of their vehicles.

Truck drivers are responsible for maintaining logs of when they take breaks and when they are actively operating their rigs. These logs can be useful evidence for victims of truck accidents because they may demonstrate that drivers failed to abide by the safety protocols set by FMCSA. Truck accident representation may help victims with fighting for their rights to their damages. This can help prove cause and liability following a truck crash.

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