How Driver Fatigue Leads to Semi-Truck Accidents
By Saunders Law Group on March 14, 2017
When severe or fatal truck accidents occur, the people in Bartow and Lakeland know that they can turn to our law firm in their time of legal need. Our attorneys have years of experience addressing injury cases, and we have a strong record when it comes to providing sound legal counsel. This can be extremely important when taking on business interests in commercial truck collision cases.
Driver fatigue refers to instances in which a driver operates a vehicle when they are tired, getting drowsy, or are sleepy. Getting behind the wheel in such cases increases the risk of a serious collision occurring. You may not be as attentive as you ought to be on the road, and your reflexes and reaction times may be impaired as well. Sometimes the fatigue may be so serious that it's practically the same as drunk driving.
Truck Drivers and the Risk of Fatigue
Drivers of semi-trucks and other kinds of commercial trucks run a major risk of driver fatigue. Truck drivers spend long hours on the road, hauling goods throughout the state and across state lines. Traffic and other unexpected issues with transit can lead to hours and hours on the road without proper rest.
Truck drivers who have not rested for long periods of time can cause major collisions. Given the size of their trucks, the injuries caused in these sorts of accidents can be quite severe. Single-vehicle and multi-vehicle collisions may occur, often with serious injuries sustained.
The Tracy Morgan Truck Accident Case
One of the most notable cases of truck driver fatigue occurred in 2014 and involved actor and comedian Tracy Morgan. Late at night on June 7th Morgan was traveling with some friends in a minibus in New Jersey. A Walmart truck was involved in a six-vehicle accident, which Morgan's vehicle. The truck driver had been awake from more than 24 hours before the collision occurred.
The truck accident severely injured Morgan and claimed the life of James McNair, a friend, collaborator, and fellow comedian. Morgan sued Walmart for negligence, which was settled for an undisclosed amount.
What Truck Drivers Should Do to Stay Safe
Truck drivers should follow federal safety standard with regard to driving hours and proper rest. Rather than putting people's lives at risk, they should be taking time to sleep, stretch, and ensure that they are in good condition to drive.
What Trucking Companies Need to Consider for Safety
Trucking companies need to be realistic about their driver's abilities in order to help ensure the safety of others on the road. Rather than push drivers beyond reason, there should be common sense safety practices in place to prevent tragic collisions that are ultimately avoidable.
How Our Lawyers Can Help After an Accident
Accident lawsuits can be quite vexing, full of complicated legalese, complicated laws, and long waiting times. This can be a major burden on people without legal experience. By working with a skilled attorney, you can ensure peace of mind. Your case will be in good hands, and we will offer our legal expertise throughout the process. You and your loved ones can then focus on healing, recovery, and moving forward with your lives.
Learn More About Truck Accidents
For more information about truck accidents and what your legal options are after a serious collision, be sure to contact our personal injury law firm today. Our lawyers are here to help you seek damages against the negligent parties who caused you harm.
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