Accidents Caused By Truck Driver Fatigue
Driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of crashes in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that drowsy driving causes at least 100,000 police-reported crashes and kills more than 1,550 Americans each year.
When these accidents involve large semitrailers, the risks of catastrophic injuries or death increase significantly. Without sufficient rest, many aspects of human performance deteriorate, including reaction time, concentration and the ability to process information.
Commercial vehicle drivers are required to adhere to federal regulations limiting the number of consecutive hours they are permitted to operate a vehicle as well as dictating a minimum amount of rest they must obtain before driving again. Drivers are required to keep detailed logs and receipts to verify these requirements have been met.
The pressure placed on truck drivers to log more miles in a minimum amount of time often results in drivers working overtime hours and operating their trucks with insufficient rest. When accidents occur as a result of truck driver fatigue, the trucking companies should be held responsible for the damages.
We Hold Companies Responsible For Fatigued Truck Drivers
The personal injury lawyers at Comerford Chilson & Moser, L.L.P., in Winston-Salem, seek full compensation on behalf of victims who are seriously injured or killed in truck driver accidents no matter the cause.
Our North Carolina truck accident lawyers know how to collect and present evidence that supports claims of truck driver fatigue. We work with accident reconstruction specialists who uncover essential details that help pinpoint fatigue as a factor in an accident. Over the course of several decades practicing personal injury law, our attorneys have recovered numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements in these and similar truck accidents.
Put Our Experience And Knowledge In Your Corner
Some commercial trucking companies attempt to use their seemingly unlimited resources to fight personal injury claims. Their overriding objective is to pay out as little as possible. We have the resources and the knowledge to take them on.
The financial fallout of a commercial trucking accident should not fall on your shoulders. Contact us to schedule a free consultation in which we can review the facts of your case and recommend the best course of action. Call 336-631-8510.