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Miami Gardens Truck Driver Fatigue

Each year, truck accidents in Miami Gardens and Florida occur because drivers get behind the wheel of their truck when tired. In all cases, these accidents are preventable, since all commercial truck drivers are carefully instructed to avoid fatigued driving and since federal guidelines clearly indicate that truck drivers must get adequate rest before getting behind the wheel of a truck. In many cases, truck drivers exceed hours of service regulations or violate the rules in order to stay on the road longer for financial reasons.

If you have been in a commercial truck accident, it is important to consult with a personal injury attorney in Miami Gardens or your community. An attorney can help you evaluate what has caused your accident and who can help you find out whether you have options for compensation. Flaxman Law Group attorneys have handled thousands of truck accident and personal injury cases across Florida, so if you are looking for a lawyer you can always contact the full-service law firm of Flaxman Law Group for a free consultation.

How Does Fatigued Driving Lead to Traffic Collisions?

We all experience fatigue and drowsiness from time to time and it can be hard to imagine that something so simple and seemingly innocent can lead to a serious car crash, but in fact fatigued driving has been shown to play a big role in many traffic crashes in Miami Gardens and other Florida regions. Drivers who are sleepy behind the wheel can cause an accident in a number of ways:

  • They may fall asleep behind the wheel and lose control of the vehicle
  • They may make mistakes because they are fatigued, and this can lead to an accident
  • They may have poor motor coordination and poor choice making skills because of the fatigue, and this can lead to preventable mistakes and accidents
  • They may fall into tiny micro-sleeps every so often, losing control of the car for enough time to cause a collision
  • They may not notice pedestrians, other cars, or traffic signals in time to avoid an accident
Commercial Truck Drivers are Required by Law to Get Adequate Rest

Truck drivers are expected by law to get adequate rest and sleep. In fact, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration closely regulates how much sleep and rest commercial truck drivers are expected to take when they are in the road. When commercial truck drivers and truck carriers ignore these rules, serious car accidents in truck accidents are the result.

When truck drivers fail to get adequate rest, studies have shown that they are just as dangerous as drunk drivers. In Miami Gardens and across the country, fatigued driving robs families of loved ones and causes serious injuries. If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident, the good news is that Florida law does protect you. If you would like to know more and would like to know whether you have a case, contact Flaxman Law Group today to arrange a free consultation to review your situation with a personal injury attorney.