Call Us Today
Full-Service Legal Advocacy Across New Hampshire & Maine
Tired Driver

Tired Drivers

New Hampshire & Maine Trucking Accident Lawyers

Numerous studies have shown that tired motorists drive worse than drunk drivers. This is because sleep deprivation greatly reduces cognitive functioning, reaction time and many of the necessary skills that people need to operate a motor vehicle safely. When a tried driver gets behind the wheel, he or she puts others on the road at risk for being involved in an auto accident. When tired drivers get behind the wheel of an 80,000 pound truck, the results can be devastating.

In order to reduce the amount of trucking accidents on American roads and highways, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established to create and enforce a number of federal laws and regulations. Some of the most important safety laws are known as Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. These are aimed directly at reducing the amount of driver fatigue related trucking accidents. According to the FMCSA, Hours of Service regulations apply to drivers of freight-bearing commercial vehicles and drivers of passenger carrying commercial vehicles.

Freight Carrying Commercial Vehicle Drivers
Truck driver may only drive for a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty. They are also prohibited from driving beyond the 14th consecutive hour of working.

Passenger Carrying Commercial Vehicle Drivers
Passenger vehicle drivers may only driver a maximum of ten hours after eight consecutive hours off. They may not drive after having been on duty for 15 hours.

In addition to these regulations, there are also additional FMCSA laws regarding working and driving hours in a weekly period. Drivers and trucking companies are also required to maintain extensive documentation and hours of service Logs. When investigating trucking accident cases, our personal injury legal team explores all possible options and analyses all company and driver records in order to determine if regulations were met and whether or not driver fatigue played a role in causing an accident.

Holding Trucking Companies Liable

It is the responsibility of trucking companies to ensure that their vehicles are not operated by tired drivers who place others on the road in tremendous danger. Through full investigations and meticulous preparation, our firm can hold trucking companies liable for failing to comply with federal hours of service regulations.

If you would like to work with an experienced legal team during your personal injury claim process, contact Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., today.

Our Clients Come First. Always.

Hear from Clients Like You
  • “I wish you had been on my side in 1996, my life would have turned out significantly different.”

    - Theodore W.
  • “She was professional, thoughtful, and kept in constant contact throughout the litigation process.”

    - Tom R.
  • “I will and have already told anyone we know in need of a lawyer to go to Shaheen & Gordon.”

    - Betsy W.

Real Results for Real People

When You Need to Win, We Won’t Stop Fighting
  • Settlement in Wrongful Death Lawsuit $2 Million

    D. Michael Noonan represented the parents of Jacob Goulet, a teen who died after being swept away in a storm drain, in a wrongful death case against the city of Nashua.

  • Pedestrian Run Over by Tractor Trailer Truck $1.7 Million

    Pedestrian injured by tractor trailer truck making illegal U-turn received a settlement of $1,700,000.00 as compensation.

  • Settlement for Second-Floor Fall Victim $1.5 Million

    A young man was injured in fall from unsafe second-floor sliding door received a settlement of $1,500,000.00 as compensation.

  • Motorcycle Passenger Struck by Car & Injured $1.25 Million

    Woman passenger on a motorcycle injured in a car crash received $1,250,000.00 as compensation.

  • Motorcyclist Killed in Collision With Automobile $1.25 Million

    Family receives $1,250,000.00 in compensation in wrongful death claim.

  • Settlement of Estate of Worker Killed by Electrocution $1.225 Million

    Settlement was pieced together from four defendants, following the electrocution of a lineman for a cable construction company.

  • Recovered for Woman Exposed to Dangerous Drug $1.05 Million

    A woman was harmed by the use of a dangerous drug received a settlement of $1,050,000.00 as compensation.

  • Arbitration Award for Woman Injured in Motor Vehicle Accident $1 Million

    Attorney D. Michael Noonan successfully arbitrated this case for a woman seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident including serious leg injury and a mild traumatic brain injury.

  • Pedestrian vs. Automobile $699 Thousand

    Elderly pedestrian walking on the sidewalk when an elderly female driver loses control of her vehicle driving up onto the sidewalk striking the pedestrian causing serious injuries to both legs.

  • Automobile vs. Tractor Trailer $550 Thousand

    Tractor-trailer driving down a rural hill, Plaintiff driving up the hill on the opposite side of the road, a collision occurs near the centerline during a snow storm causing serious injuries to the Plaintiff.


It's Different Here

Our Unique Approach to Serving Clients
  • Committed to Your Peace of Mind
  • A Record of Achievement
  • Connected to Our Community
  • Unique Legal Experience
  • Fearless Legal Advocacy
  • Client-Centered Approach