When Trucker Fatigue Causes Accidents

Trucker fatigue presents a serious threat to public safety on the roads, as it reportedly contributes to more than 750 fatalities, as well as tens of thousands of injuries, each year in the U.S.1

Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has instituted various regulations to try to curb trucker fatigue and reduce fatigue-related truck accidents, some truck drivers and/or trucking companies may try to bend the rules and get around these regulations in an  effort to maximize their own income/profits.

When trucker fatigue causes accidents, however, injured parties can turn to an experienced Louisville truck accident lawyer at Murphy & Associates, PLC for aggressive legal advocacy and effective help:

  • Standing up to trucking companies and/or insurers to hold negligent drivers/companies responsible
  • Securing compensation for their injuries, losses and suffering

A Closer Look at the Trucker Fatigue Problem

Many studies have been done on trucker fatigue, and their findings reveal just how dangerous fatigued motorists can be behind the wheel. In particular, research on trucker fatigue has shown that:

  • Truck driver fatigue plays a role in as many as 30 to 40 percent of all collisions involving heavy trucks (i.e., trucks weighing more than 10,000 lbs).
  • Between the 8th and 10th hours of driving, truckers’ risk of being in an accident doubles. From the 10th to 12thhours of driving, the risk of a truck accident doubles again (effectively quadrupling).
  • While about 1 in every 4 truckers reportedly admits to having fallen asleep at the wheel within the past month, about 1 in every 3 truck accidents that occurs on rural roads is caused by truckers who are seriously sleep deprived.
  • Although studies have shown that the average adult needs between 7 and 9 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night to be sufficiently rested, truck drivers reportedly only get about 5 hours of sleep per night (when they are on-duty/hauling loads).
  • After two consecutive nights of only getting 5 hours (or less) of sleep, motorists start to display impairments.
  • When motorists get behind the wheel after having been awake for 24 hours straight, they usually start to exhibit impairments that are similar to those displayed by drivers with BACs of 0.10 (which is 2.5 times the legal limit for truckers).

Holding Fatigued Truckers Responsible for Causing Accidents

At Murphy & Associates, PLC, our truck accident attorneys are skilled at proving when trucker fatigue may have been a factor in causing a collision. Just some of the ways we may do this include (but are by no means limited to):

  • Analyzing data from electronic onboard recorders
  • Reviewing truckers’ log books
  • Investigating truckers’ history of compliance or noncompliance with federal hours-of-service regulations
  • Locating and interviewing witnesses who may attest to the fatigued state of a trucker

Louisville Truck Accident Lawyer at Murphy & Associates, PLC

Have you been hurt in an accident caused by a fatigued or negligent truck driver? If so, you can get experienced help pursuing compensation and justice by contacting a trusted Louisville truck accident lawyer at Murphy & Associates, PLC.

To get professional advice from one of our attorneys and find out more about how we can help you, call us at (502) 473-6464 or email us using the contact form on this page.

We welcome your call or email from anywhere in Kentucky, Indiana, or elsewhere throughout the Midwest or South. All case evaluations are free, and most representations are taken on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay us nothing unless we succeed in recovering money on your behalf.


1: According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration