Truck Accidents and Fatigue
By Younker Hyde Macfarlane on February 17, 2014
Truck accidents are very serious matters that can result in major injuries and even death. This is why our personal injury attorneys always take these kinds of cases so seriously. By working with our legal team, you can receive just compensation for any losses or tragedies that occur as a result of a truck accident.
One particularly serious cause of truck accidents is driver fatigue. We'd like to take a few moments right now to consider the nature of driver fatigue and why these kinds of accidents need to be taken so seriously.
The Dangers of Truck Accidents In General
Large trucks on the road pose a number of dangers to motorists. For one, their size and mass make accidents with them very serious and potentially deadly. In addition, their size can cause multi-car pileups to occur, which increase not just the number of victims in an auto accident but also increase the chances of fatalities as well.
How common is driver fatigue in truck drivers?
Driver fatigue is sadly quite common with truck accidents. Many truck drivers are pushed to exhaustion and, as a result, may fall asleep behind the wheel. Even if drivers are not asleep behind the wheel, their ability to operate a vehicle is seriously impaired when they are fatigued.
Why Driver Fatigue Is So Dangerous and Deadly
When a person is tired or sleepy while on the road, their reaction times and judgment are seriously impacted. If drivers fall asleep behind the wheel, they may veer off the road, weave into and out of lanes, and brake too late resulting in horrible rear-end collisions. In response to the poor driving of a fatigued driver, other motorists may be forced off the road or to swerve into other vehicles simply to avoid a collision with a much larger vehicle.
Why are truck drivers fatigued while on the road?
Truck drivers traverse the highways and byways of our country for long periods of time, often made to deliver freight in short or limited timeframes. Because of this, they tend to push themselves too hard and do not get enough rest while doing their jobs. This is sometimes the fault of the trucking companies, whose policies may make life unsafe for truck drivers and hence for other drivers on the road.
Our truck accident lawyers want to ensure that our roads are safe for everyone, which is why we will take trucking companies and/or negligent drivers to task when exhaustion and fatigue are the cause of a motor vehicle collision.
How Our Legal Team Can Help Injury Victims
During the litigation process, we will be sure to examine all of the circumstances behind your accident. We will collect damages for actual losses, such as vehicle damage, medical bills, lost wages, and so forth. We will also be sure to punish the parties responsible for the accident occurring so that such serious accidents do not happen again in the future.
Learn More About Truck Accident Litigation
If you would like to learn more about truck accident lawsuits and how our legal team can help you in your time of legal need, be sure to contact our personal injury attorneys serving Ogden today. We look forward to meeting with you in person and helping you make smart decisions about all of your legal options.
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