Every state has commercial trucking and 18-wheeler laws to protect other drivers on the road. Truckers must obey these rules in addition to the standard obligations that all Arizona drivers must follow. Truckers drive immense distances in short periods of time, making anti-fatigue laws necessary. Under federal hours-of-service laws, a truck driver can’t drive more than 11 hours in a 14-hour workday. The law establishes that drivers of large trucks must rest or sleep for 10 consecutive hours before returning behind the wheel. You would be amazed at just how often these rules are broken.
Hours-of-service regulations are in place to protect truck drivers and everyone on the road. Violations can lead to serious or deadly accidents, and our Phoenix truck accident attorneys are here to expose such wrongdoing to help victims seek justice. At Cullan & Cullan, we have been representing the injured in personal injury actions across Arizona since 1990. Our principle attorneys are also medical doctors and have advanced training in accident reconstruction, specifically related to semi-trucks.
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The Hazards of Fatigued Driving
Arizona sees heavy trucking traffic. Shipped goods travel in and out of Phoenix and across the state on their way to California and the rest of the country. Unfortunately, thousands of 18-wheelers on the road equate to numerous trucking accidents. A total of 3,660 people died in truck crashes in 2014, 84% of which were victims other than the truck occupants. Hours-of-service violations can lead to these collisions and losses of life.
Sleep deprivation can affect the human body just as much as alcohol can. Fatigued driving is dangerous because it can affect a truck driver’s:
- Reaction time
Symptoms of fatigued driving may include:
- Difficulty focusing
- Drifting from lane to lane
- Drifting to the shoulder of the roadway
- Driving too slowly
- Constant yawning
- Difficulty keeping eyes open
- Difficulty remembering the last few miles driven
- Restlessness and irritability
- Frequent blinking
In an 18-wheeler accident, the people most in danger are the occupants of passenger vehicles. If you or a loved one were injured because a truck driver or trucking company failed to comply with hours-of-service regulations, be ready to exercise your rights.
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