Majority of Fatal Truck Accidents are Due to Sleepy, Tired or Impaired Truck Drivers

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Many truck drivers are paid based on the number of miles they cover during their hours of service. Thus, to earn more, they should cover as many miles as they can. The “hours of service” law passed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) allows drivers to drive up to 11 hours maximum every day, though.

In order to stay longer on the road, therefore, as there is money only if their truck’s wheels are moving, many drivers push themselves to the limit, denying themselves of rest, choosing either to drive rather than pull over for short rest periods, or shorten the mandated 10-hour off time between shifts to be able to start on the road early. They do this despite feeling sleepy and/or fatigued, and despite knowing that this condition compromises the safety of all other motorists. As a result, so many truck accidents occur and, in so many of these accidents, involved truck drivers recall that they had their eyes closed, due to sleepiness, prior to impact.

A study conducted by the Federal Motor carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) shows that trucks drivers, rather than drivers of smaller vehicles, are the ones liable in majority of truck accidents, which injure more than 100,00 and kill close to 4,000 others every year.

Truck driver errors include: fatigue; alcohol-impairment; impairment due to illegal, prescription or over-the-counter-drug; driving too fast for road conditions; overspeeding; lack of the skills required in the safe operation of a truck; unfamiliarity with the road; driving distractions; lack of focus on the road; failure to check blind spots or “no-zone” areas; improper attachment of trailer; and failure to make sure that the brakes are in good working condition before hitting the road.

The injuries sustained in such accidents and their resulting medical bills can leave a person unfairly dealing with the mistakes made by a negligent truck driver, company, or manufacturer on a permanent basis. Losing a loved one is much more unbearable. And though it is normal to not think about legal action at first, as time goes on and the wound begins to heal, seeking justice against the party responsible for the loss of your loved one might become more important to you. Realize that it is possible to hold the person or persons accountable for your injuries (to receive damages for your treatment costs and lost wages) or for your loved one’s death.

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