Driver Fatigue and
Every year, truck accidents result in the deaths of over 5,000 people. Nearly thirty times that many people are injured in addition to those fatalities. The vast majority of people who are injured or killed are drivers and passengers of autos that are involved in collisions with a truck, not the truck drivers. Getting into an accident with a truck can be devastating. Learning that it could have been prevented can be infuriating.
A well documented cause of truck accidents is truck driver fatigue. The U.S. Department of Transportation (D.O.T.) is responsible for enacting and enforcing regulations that are designed to keep the public safe. There are stringent requirements on truck drivers including mandating that they have adequate rest before getting behind the wheel. With record keeping requirements and monitoring capabilities employed by some trucking companies it would seem that driver fatigue would be a diminishing issue but it’s not.
Anyone who has been driving for any length of time can understand what it’s like to become tired behind the wheel. When the driver of any type of vehicle makes a choice to stay behind the wheel knowing that they are too tired they are making a decision that could result in someone’s harm and their negligence. The stakes are even higher for a professional truck driver. A truck driver who chooses to not observe the requirements for having adequate rest before getting behind the wheel is more than negligent, he or she is breaking the law.
Truck accidents can be devastating and very difficult to recover from. The resulting injuries and liabilities from any accident can be complicated to deal with. Truck accidents are even more complicated. These types of complicated cases require someone who has the knowledge and experience to make sure that if you’ve been injured due to the fault of a negligent fatigued driver they are held accountable.
You shouldn’t have to struggle your way through to receiving the compensation you deserve if you’ve been injured in a truck accident. Our attorneys are well versed in trucking regulations and have experience investigating the circumstances and fighting for victim rights. For the help you need to make the trucking company pay for the damage you’ve suffered please contact The Shelnutt Law Firm, P.C. today.
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