Unrealistic schedules are at the heart of many types of commercial truck accidents. Driven by the constant and increasing demand for nearly instant deliveries, shippers, trucking companies and others are not likely to slow down or stop pushing their drivers to move more freight faster. Truck drivers are pushed to their limits, and they face fierce competition.
Laws in place to minimize driver fatigue, often have unintended consequences, forcing drivers to keep going when they know they need to rest, so they can manage their hours and stay in compliance.
If you have been hurt in a truck accident, unrealistic schedules imposed by the trucking company may have played a large role, but it takes thorough investigation by an experienced truck accident attorney to prove it. The Amarillo truck accident lawyers at Wood Law Firm, LLP, are here to help.
How Unrealistic Schedules Cause Truck Accidents
Unrealistic schedules force truck drivers to work too hard, too fast, and too long. They push themselves and their trucks to the breaking point, often cutting corners on safety checks and maintenance to shave time off their trips. Unrealistic schedules can lead to truck accidents in many ways including:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Truck driver distraction
- Speeding or driving too fast for the conditions
- Intoxication – often with stimulants
- Failure to perform pre-trip inspection
- Inadequate maintenance
- Improper loading
- Overloaded truck
- Mechanical failure due to truck overuse
If you or someone you love has been seriously hurt in commercial truck accident in Amarillo or anywhere in Texas, there is a good chance that unrealistic scheduling was involved. Wood Law Firm, LLP, can represent you and gather evidence to prove liability on the part of the trucking company and/or others who may be held responsible. Please, call us today at (806) 372-9663 or email us right away to schedule your free consultation.