New Braunfels Truck Driver Fatigue Attorney
Fighting for the Rights of Injured Victims in Comal, Hays, and Guadalupe Counties
Big-rig drivers often work long hours and travel hundreds of miles each day. When they choose to stay on the road despite exhaustion, they and their massive vehicles become a danger to other drivers. In fact, hundreds of people are injured or killed in Texas truck wrecks each year. Victims and their families deserve to be compensated for the negligence of truck drivers or the companies that employ them. The Bettersworth Law Firm can help.
Fatigued Drivers Cause Many Truck Wrecks
Despite regulations enacted to combat it, truck driver fatigue is a serious problem that results in many 18-wheeler accidents on Interstate 10 and Interstate 35 each year – as well as across the nation. In fact, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has determined that over 20,000 people are injured – and 750 lose their lives – in accidents caused by truck driver fatigue annually.
This does not even count many additional truck collisions that result from other causes such as improperly loaded vehicles or DWI. Regardless of the reason for the truck crash, victims of 18-wheeler accidents are entitled to compensation for their losses.
Fraudulent Records and Unreasonable Pressure
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) requires truck drivers to maintain logbooks documenting the time they spent working, and when they took the rest periods that are required by law. Unfortunately, some truck drivers find ways to circumvent this system by keeping multiple logbooks or through otherwise fraudulent actions.
Trucking companies can also play a part in the problem. Some hold their drivers to unreasonable standards in regards to travel time and look the other way when logbooks and rest periods aren't handled according to federal and Texas law.
Aggressive Representation for Truck Wreck Victims
When driver fatigue causes a truck crash that injures or kills another person, that person (or the family members of the deceased) are entitled to monetary damages from the responsible party or parties. This includes money for both current and future medical bills and lost earnings, as well as pain and suffering. In some cases, punitive damages can also be awarded to a truck accident victim.
The Bettersworth Law Firm offer aggressive yet compassionate representation to victims of Texas semi-truck wrecks. Contact us at 830-606-0404 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney at our New Braunfels office.