Truck drivers are often required to spend many hours each day behind the wheel just to make sure their deliveries reach their destinations on time. However, these long hours can result in drowsy driving, a leading cause of many Texas truck accidents. According to the Large Truck Crash Causation Study, 13% of commercial motor vehicle drivers involved in crashes were fatigued at the time of their accident.
Driver fatigue is a form of negligence
Commercial truck drivers are legally required to abide by all regulations implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). Many hours-of-service regulations place restrictions on how many hours a drivers can spend behind the wheel each day and each week. Truck drivers are also required to lookout for signs of drowsy driving (e.g., frequent yawning or inability to keep eyes open) and pull over if they start to lose focus or feel tired.
If a truck driver falls asleep behind the wheel or otherwise engages in negligent driving, they may cause an accident resulting in serious injuries. Texas is an at-fault state for truck accidents, meaning that negligent truck drivers and trucking companies may be held liable for the accident.
If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, a personal injury attorney can help you recover damages by filing suit against negligent truck drivers and other parties who contributed to the accident. Any damages you recover can go toward your medical expenses, lost wages, and other accident-related costs.