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Comal County Driver Fatigue Truck Accident Lawyer

New Braunfels driver fatigue truck crash law firm

Truck Wreck Attorney Serving Injury Victims of Accidents Caused By Tired Drivers in Guadalupe and Hays County

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regularly reports more than 800 fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries each year from auto accidents caused by driver fatigue, and some estimates suggest that these numbers could in fact be much higher. Many of these accidents involve drivers of large commercial trucks due to the fact that their jobs require them to drive long distances and long hours, including overnight.

Texas has one of the highest numbers of truck accident fatalities and injuries in the U.S., and driver fatigue is a factor in many of them. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident caused by driver fatigue, you can seek compensation through a personal injury claim, and our New Braunfels Personal Injury Attorney can help. We have over 20 years of experience representing victims of truck wrecks and have successfully negotiated multiple settlements in the million-dollar range for our local clients.

The Dangers of Truck Driver Fatigue

Drowsy driving can impair a vehicle operator's judgment, reflexes, and reaction time in ways not dissimilar to drunk driving, especially if the driver falls asleep at the wheel. As a result, a driver may drift into another lane or across the center line, fail to brake, or commit any number of driver errors that can cause an accident.

In recognition of the dangers of driver fatigue, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has enacted measures to prevent commercial truck drivers from staying on the road for longer than is safe. For example, drivers may not operate their truck for more than 11 hours per day, more than eight hours without stopping for a break, or more than 70 total hours within a period of eight consecutive days. Drivers are also required to keep a manual or electronic log of their on-duty hours to ensure compliance with these regulations.

Drowsy driving accidents sometimes happen even if the truck driver is complying with these restrictions, but the risk increases when the driver knowingly or unknowingly breaches them. Sometimes the trucking company that employs a driver may even encourage him to exceed the allowed driving hours and falsify his logbook in order to complete a shipment on time. This behavior is a clear example of negligence that can endanger other drivers, and therefore can bolster your claim for compensation from all at-fault parties.

Our Seguin Truck Wreck Law Firm Can Help

We understand the physical, emotional, and financial hardship that often comes from a truck accident injury, so we offer consultations free of charge to anyone seeking legal assistance. After learning from you about the accident and your injuries, we will gather further evidence for the liability of the truck driver and possibly the trucking company, such as the logbooks of on-duty hours, and use it to build your claim. We will also help you identify all economic and non-economic damages for which you can receive compensation, including medical, property, rental car, living, and pain and suffering expenses.

We will also help you file a claim and stand up for you in tough settlement negotiations with the driver's and trucking company's insurance. We want you to receive complete, fair compensation, especially considering the severity of many truck accident injuries, so we will combat any attempts to minimize your payout, and we will take your case to trial if an adequate pre-trial settlement is not possible.

Contact Our San Marcos Truck Crash Lawyer Today

If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by driver fatigue, rest assured that you do not have to pick up the pieces on your own. Contact us 24/7 at 830-201-3515 for a free consultation, and we will give you the personal attention you deserve. We serve clients in New Braunfels, Seguin, San Marcos, San Antonio, Schertz, Austin, Hunter, Maxwell, Selma, and throughout Comal, Guadalupe, and Hays County.

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