Driver Fatigue Accident Claims Lawyer
Fatigue has been proven to be almost as dangerous as intoxication for drivers. This is especially true for drivers of large trucks that can cause serious harm if they are not alert while driving behind the wheel. Driver fatigue that causes an accident is a form of negligence and is completely preventable. If you were injured in a truck accident caused by a fatigued driver, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your injuries.
Truck drivers are often on the road for ten or more hours a day. Those hauling freight in large semi-trailers may be traveling cross-country, driving several days in a row with long hours. Federal regulations require truck drivers to stop and rest between their shifts. However, not all drivers follow these regulations. Even if they do stop for the required break, they may not use it to get the sleep they need. When they make the decision to drive too long or not get enough rest, they can pose a risk when they drive fatigued.
Dangers of Fatigued Driving
When a driver is tired, they lose focus and may experience delayed reaction times. Some drivers may even fall asleep behind the wheel. When this driver is piloting a truck that could weigh up to 80,000 pounds, this is an extremely dangerous situation. The driver may not react quickly when traffic suddenly stops or they drift into other lanes. Just a moment’s lapse of focus can cause a serious truck accident with injuries or death.
One of the factors we investigate at Race Law Firm when handling truck accident cases is if the driver was fatigued. Our experience in the laws and regulations for truck drivers can help build a solid case of driver negligence if fatigue is a factor. If you were injured in a truck accident and driver fatigue is suspected, contact our law firm in Atlanta today. We offer free accident claim assessments to discuss your right to pursue compensation in injury truck accidents.