When you are driving in and around San Diego, you will surely see plenty of large trucks. Not pickup trucks, but larger commercial vehicles. They are essential to the San Diego and overall California economy, working to move goods from place to place and helping to build our infrastructure. However, due to their size, they can be deadly in an accident.
At the Simpson Law Group, we understand that you may not know where to turn if you or a loved one have been involved in a truck crash. What you may find out is that the crash happened because the driver was drowsy or fell asleep at the wheel. When you need a San Diego truck driver fatigue attorney, we are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.
The average weight of an eighteen-wheeler is 80,000 pounds. That can do quite a bit of damage to a passenger vehicle. When a large truck crashes, it can quickly become a mass casualty incident.
For the latest full reporting year in the US, we know that there were over 15.5 million trucks on the roadways. Millions of those are right here in California, the union’s most populous state. Consider the following:
These trucks all need competent and highly trained drivers and those drivers must follow all state and federal laws and regulations. Many of those regulations revolve around how many hours a truck driver is allowed to operate. Let’s turn to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration for guidance:
In many cases, a driver’s hours are not tracked and logged electronically, but there are still many paper logs in use.
Fatigued drivers are dangerous drivers. We realize that many drivers and companies push for maximum profit, but it is not worth it at the expense of other people’s lives. Injuries from truck crashes can be catastrophic and incredibly costly when factoring in medical expenses and other hidden accident costs.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck crash and you believe the driver was fatigued or even asleep at the wheel, please seek legal assistance as soon as you can. At the Simpson Law Group, our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to step in and advocate on your behalf. We will work to secure the compensation you deserve, including coverage for:
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