Truck Driver Fatigue
Truck drivers must follow strict laws to safeguard their own safety and the safety of other people. When truckers drive more hours than allowed by law and don’t get enough rest, it increases the probability that they will experience fatigue. Being seriously injured in a truck accident can have long-term medical consequences and a legal advocate is needed to protect your interests. The attorneys at Wettermark & Keith know how to successfully litigate cases on behalf of victims harmed by a truck driver’s negligence.
Consequences of Truck Driver Fatigue
Fatigue impairs the truck driver’s ability to operate the truck. The trucker won’t be able to respond as quickly to different road conditions and traffic. Indications that a trucker is fatigued or that his driving ability is impaired include:
- Tailgating other vehicles
- Exceeding the speed limit
- The truck driver is inattentive
- Failure to maintain control of the truck
- Difficulty staying within a driving lane or erratically changing lanes
- Using drugs while driving in an attempt to combat the fatigue
Personal Injuries of Victims in Truck Driver Fatigue Accidents
Having a drowsy driver behind the wheel of an 18 wheeler poses serious risks to everyone on the road. The serious personal injuries that people have to deal with after a truck accident often require ongoing medical care. The injuries may also have a substantial effect on the victim’s ability to work and perform everyday functions. Common injuries of people hurt in truck accidents are:
- Broken vertebrae
- Brain trauma
- Fractured limbs
- Severe burns
Representing Victims in Truck Driver Fatigue Lawsuits
Due to our extensive litigation experience, we know how to effectively investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding a truck accident. Our truck accident lawyers find out the procedures and practices of the truck driver’s employer. The employer is responsible for the negligent behavior of the trucker when the trucker is acting within the scope of his employment. In some cases, the truck company pressures drivers to sacrifice rest and disregard safety concerns in order to meet deadlines and quotas.
Call Truck Accident Lawyer
Call us at 334-284-0014 or fill out the free case evaluation form on the website if you or a loved one was injured due to a truck driver’s negligence. We provide free initial consultations at our Birmingham, Alabama office to discuss your case and inform you of your legal options. We fight to not only get our clients’ medical bills covered, but we also make sure they are compensated for the pain and suffering caused by the willful disregard for their safety.
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