Truck Accidents Caused by Driver Fatigue
Common sense and experience have made it clear that driving when you are tired is dangerous. In fact, numerous studies and authoritative sources have shown that driving while sleepy can be as hazardous as driving while drunk. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year, resulting in an estimated 1,500 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.
Truck drivers have specific rules and regulations that they have to adhere to when they are on the road. Federal and state regulations require truckers to only operate their trucks for specific amounts of time to avoid driver fatigue. A thorough analysis of the logs may uncover discrepancies between the drivers claimed hours of service and the times and distances actually traveled.
An Experienced Attorney at Your Side
If you have suffered a serious injury (perhaps a brain injury or spinal cord injury) or lost a loved one in a car- truck accident or any type of motor vehicle accident, a detailed investigation of the accident will most likely provide key information about the causes of the accident.
The trucking company’s insurance agent will immediately be on the scene to minimize the company’s damages. The sooner you have a lawyer on your side, the more fruitful the investigation into the causes of the accident can be. Evidence of truck driver fatigue and other details uncovered by a prompt, thorough investigation can make the difference in your ability to obtain the compensation that you need to cope with your losses. Evaluation of the truck driver’s log is an important place to start the investigation. An experienced personal injury attorney knows where to look and what to look for — and how to use that information to leverage available resources for compensation.
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If you were a driver or passenger of an automobile, motorcyclist, pedestrian or bicyclist who was injured in a truck accident, you owe it to yourself to learn how to pursue and obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wage replacement, therapy and other related expenses. You may be eligible to receive compensation for your pain and suffering as well after you were injured in a tractor trailer rollover or jack knife accident. Contact a trial lawyer at the St. Louis, Missouri law firm of Devereaux, Stokes, Fernandez & Leonard.