In August of 2006, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released the results of its Large Truck Crash Causation Study. This three-year study identified fatigue as one of the top ten causes of truck accidents, a distinction it has maintained in hundreds of studies conducted by universities, nonprofit organizations, and state and federal government agencies since that time.
Fatigue has long been known as a leading cause of truck accidents, making the Senate Appropriations Committee’s decision to suspend regulations on truck driver schedules last week all the more beguiling. According to the Committee, more studies are needed to determine if sleep deprivation poses a large enough threat to constitute federal regulations on the trucking industry. Tragically, this decision places truck company profits over the safety of everyone else on the road.
Bakersfield truck accident attorney Mickey Fine knows that fatigue is a leading cause of truck accidents and, regardless of whether laws are being broken, sleepy truckers are liable for injuries they cause. If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident caused by a sleep deprived trucker, Attorney Fine is prepared to take your case as far as needed to help you secure the full compensation you are due.
To schedule a free consultation with our Bakersfield truck accident attorney, please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine today.