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The trucker that hit my vehicle told the police she fell asleep at the wheel. Can she be held responsible for driving while fatigued?

Yes, the truck driver may be held responsible for driving while fatigued. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration deals with that issue in their hours-of-service regulations.

According to those rules and regulations, truck drivers are only permitted to drive for a specified amount of time and they must keep a detailed log of the hours they drive. Currently, drivers are mandated to take a 10-hour break between each 14-hour shift.

However, this does not always happen and there have been instances of truck drivers keeping two sets of log books. Fatigued drivers can be held responsible for any accidents, injuries or deaths if they drive while fatigued. If the trucker’s employer urged them to violate the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration hours-of-service regulations, they may also be held responsible for an accident.

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