According to some estimates, drowsy driving is responsible for an estimated 100,000 motor vehicle accidents every year in the United States. Commercial truck drivers should be aware that they have a higher risk of driving while drowsy. The large weight and size of commercial big rigs and trucks makes them extreme hazards in drowsy driving accidents, and such vehicles are more likely to contribute to substantial and life-ending injuries.
With tight deadlines they have to meet, extensive hours on the road and pressure from their employers, truck drivers are particularly vulnerable to drowsy driving. When other drivers become too sleepy to drive safely, they have the option of getting off of the road and taking a nap until they are rested enough to drive again. Truck drivers, who are concerned with meeting deadlines to deliver their cargo, may feel that they do not have this choice given company demands and remain on the road. If you have been involved in a wreck involving a truck, give us a call to protect your rights.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration developed the hours of service rule to prevent truck drivers from driving for excessive hours. Drivers of commercial motor vehicles that are carrying cargo are allowed to drive up to 11 hours but only after they have been off duty for 10 straight hours. Even so, some truck drivers will ignore the rule and continue trying to meet their deadlines when they are too tired to drive safely. They may also be encouraged by the rewards that are offered by their trucking company for drivers to deliver cargo early.
A personal injury attorney may pursue financial compensation on behalf of clients who have incurred injuries in commercial truck wrecks caused by truck driver fatigue. The negligent truck drivers may be sued for the medical expenses and lost wages that resulted from the victim’s injuries.