Recent studies have shown that drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. In particular, truck driver fatigue can lead to devastating and potentially deadly auto accidents. Truck drivers need to be especially cautious when operating their 18-wheelers or semi trucks over long hauls, as spending many hours on the road each day can significantly decrease a driver’s ability to pay attention and make good decisions. If a driver is too tired to keep going, he or she should pull off of the road until the individual is rested enough to safely operate the vehicle again.
Despite the federal government’s hours of service regulations, which are designed to help prevent drowsy driving, some drivers choose ignore their tiredness and drive while fatigued, possibly leading to careless mistakes that can endanger others on the road. The following errors are often linked to driver exhaustion:
Truck accidents caused by these types of thoughtless errors can lead to severe injuries for those involved. However, people injured because of this negligence may be entitled to fight for compensation for their injuries.
If you or someone you love has suffered trucking accident injuries due to an exhausted truck driver, there may be legal options available to pursue financial compensation for the costs tied to those injuries. To learn more about your rights and options after an accident and what to expect when filing an injury claim, feel free to fill out the contact form at the top of this page.