Fairfield County Fatigued Trucker Accident Lawyer
No driver should ever get behind-the-wheel if he or she is too tired to drive. But that doesn't stop thousands of truck drivers from doing so every day.
Fatigued driving is one of the top causes of truck accidents in Fairfield County. When truck drivers fall asleep or drift in and out of consciousness, all drivers sharing the road are put in immediate danger. The consequences of a truck accident involving a tired truck driver can be particularly catastrophic on I-95, I-84 and other major highways connecting Fairfield County's busy cities. Serious, life-altering injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord damage, are not unusual.
At Vishno Law Firm, our fatigued truck driver accident attorneys understand many truckers choose to keep driving when they know they're too tired. Sometimes they face pressure to meet deadlines or threats from their trucking company. Federal "Hours of Service" rules bar drivers from staying on the road without taking a break. When a truck driver causes an accident simply because he or she chose not to pull over and get some rest, these drivers must be held accountable for their reckless behavior. We may be able to assist with a personal injury or wrongful death claim.
How long can a truck driver stay on the road at one time?
Truckers must take breaks every eight hours. They must work no more than 70 hours every eight days. And they must get a "restart," or two nights of sleep over 34 hours, before starting the work week. These are the rules as of July 2014, but a proposed regulation rollback would allow companies to let their drivers work up to 80 hours a week.
According to an NBC News story, more than 10 percent of truck-related crashes were due to truck driver fatigue. The dangers of fatigued driver drew much media attention after comedian Tracy Morgan was seriously injured in what police said was a fatigued truck driver accident. By loosening the "hours-of-service" regulations, there may be more fatigued truck driver accidents in the future.
Take a stand against negligent truckers. Contact us immediately
Nobody expects to be in a truck accident in Fairfield County. In an instant, you or a loved one may face a long, painful recovery process. You may be out of work because of your injuries. The medical bills can accumulate quickly and drain your bank account.
You may be tempted to accept a quick, low-ball settlement from the insurance company. The money may not cover the true cost of your injuries.
Don't make the mistake. Talk to an experienced Fairfield County truck accident attorney first. If you've been injured or a loved one was killed due to somebody else's reckless behavior, it's important to discuss your legal options with an experienced attorney who knows your rights.
People injured or killed in Fairfield County trucking accidents know they can turn to Vishno Law Firm for highly skilled representation. Attorney Jeremy Vishno works one-on-one with accident victims throughout southwest Connecticut. Attorney Vishno handles your case personally.
An attorney with more than 25 years' experience, he knows how to find the right evidence. He knows what it takes to build a solid, successful legal strategy on your behalf. Contact us today. Call 888-222-1688 to schedule a free case consultation at our Fairfield or New Haven office locations. Serving Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford, Danbury, Waterbury and Shelton.