Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law

Excessive driving may cause Virginia truck accidents

540-904-1621


Virginia residents are aware of the dangers of driving for long hours without adequate sleep. Drivers often try to fight tiredness, but continuous tired driving can definitely pose a dangerous risk. The consequences can be quite disastrous when commercial truck drivers are on the road for days on end, without the necessary sleep to recuperate.

Truck drivers are required by law to break for 10 hours between shifts, which should not exceed 11 hours. These laws are in place to help avert truck accidents. In comparison, commercial bus drivers have more leeway. They are allowed only an eight-hour break between shifts. Their typical shifts last for 15 hours, during which, the bus drivers can be on the road for 10 hours.

In 2003, driving rules changed for all commercial truck and car drivers, but commercial bus drivers were exempt because it would have been very costly to implement the rule. This change has brought down the number of truck accidents. Nonetheless, bus drivers are still exempt, and it may be argued that no change should be made because bus drivers rest for considerable periods during the day. The rule has still not been updated.

Whatever the rule, the loss of a loved one in any accident, be it by truck, bus or car accidents on a Roanoke, Virginia, road, can be irreparable. Besides the emotional loss of a loved one, financial damage may be inflicted as well, particularly if an injured person is the sole earning member of a family. Medical costs are also involved, work days are lost and other financial issues that may be too difficult to handle. In these cases, consulting an attorney, who can help recover compensation for the losses suffered, may help.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Your Best Interests Are Our Top Priority — Schedule A Free Consultation

Arrange a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with one of our Roanoke personal injury lawyers today.

Schedule A Consultation

Schedule Your Consultation

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Visit Our Office / Follow Us

111 Virginia Avenue West
Vinton, VA 24179

Toll Free: 888-635-6304
Phone: 540-904-1621
Fax: 540-344-7073
Vinton Law Office Map

111 Virginia Avenue West