When a sleepy driver gets behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound vehicle, he can cause catastrophic damage. The size and weight of trailers can easily crush smaller vehicles. Many truck drivers push the limits by staying on the road until their head starts to bob. Drowsy drivers lose focus and have slower reaction times, which can cause horrific crashes.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) created hours-of-service regulations. This standard is set to keep drivers from working multiple days without sleep to keep a schedule. All drivers must adhere to federal regulations and can be punished if not followed.
A truck accident attorney can help you prove your case against a negligent truck driver.