Fatigued driving has been in the spotlight frequently lately. Our lawyers have read a number of reports linking drowsy or overly exhausted drivers with serious or fatal accidents. Although all drivers need to be aware of the great dangers associated with tired driving, the issue is especially important for truckers and trucking companies due to the nature of the industry. Oftentimes truckers are faced with the dilemma of deciding between completing a run or pulling over for a few hours of rest. Although they may be faced with pressure from their employers to meet strict deadlines, we stress the importance of truckers choosing rest and safety over work deadlines.
According to a report by KCENTV.com a family escaped a moving truck accident without serious injury after the truck in which they were riding tumbled down a concrete embankment. Police report that the father was driving the truck southbound on the interstate and crashed into a guardrail near the exit. The truck then rolled down the concrete slope into the frontage yard. This accident is still under investigation, but police say the crash may have been caused by fatigue.
This accident is noteworthy due to the fact that the family escaped this truck accident, not only alive, but without any serious injury. As our readers know, truck accidents are extremely dangerous and likely to cause to serious and permanent personal injuries that are life-altering to survivors. Oftentimes, these injuries can include nerve damage, paralysis, broken bones, loss of limb, and damage to vital areas of the body such as the head and neck.
Fatigue, like other forms of distracted and negligent driving, can cause fatal accidents. We cannot stress enough how the accident described here is a rare and outlier case because often an accident of this nature would cause very serious personal injuries or death. That is why it is important for drivers to only get behind the wheel when they are well-rested and not drive for too many hours straight. Taking breaks and rest stops is vital so that a driver can remain rested and vigilant to the road.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is not only falling asleep behind the wheel that is dangerous, but simply driving while tired. Driving while drowsy can make drivers much less attentive, slow their reaction times, and impact their ability to make decisions in the moment on the road. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that up to 6,000 crashes each year could by caused by fatigued drivers. It is far too often that people get behind the wheel while tired. In a survey, nearly 4.2. of 150,000 sample of adults over the age of 18 in 19 states admitted that they have fallen asleep while driving once in the past month they were surveyed. This is more likely among individuals who snore or sleep less than 6 hours per night.
Our attorneys stress that fatigued driving is avoidable and that driving while tired is a form of negligence. By driving when fatigued, a driver breaches their legal duty to not be the cause of injury to others. For that reason, be sure to get enough sleeps; adults require 7 to 8 hours per night. Furthermore, always seek treatment for sleep disorders and refrain from drinking or consuming sedating medicine before driving.
If you or a loved one has suffered injury or death due to a driver that fell asleep behind the wheel or was too drowsy to drive, you may be able to hold that individual accountable through a lawsuit. Our attorneys understand that these accidents can be life-changing and costly, and believe that victims of negligence deserve compensation for the sufferings they have endured at the fault of another. Call us for a free consultation, and we would be happy to discuss your legal options with you.