Tired truck drivers are unfortunately frequently spotted on roadways. While federal and state regulations, and companies alike, have tried to curb the incidence of drowsiness on the roadways, truck drivers continue to work longer hours than they are allotted and do not take as many breaks as they should between shifts. The lack of rest and adequate sleep often presents dangerous situations to other drivers on the road, especially given the weight of the vehicles the tired drivers are controlling. If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident caused by tired driving, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your injuries.
Tired Driver Research
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently compiled a study which indicated that tired driving caused 72,000 accidents, 800 fatalities, and 44,000 injuries. However, the numbers of accidents caused by tired driving is often vastly underreported. Federal laws have been implemented to regulate the number of hours each truck driver spends on the road and between drives. Failure to follow these regulations may result in steep fines and potentially the loss of your job. However, at the same time, trucking companies often incentivize their drivers to haul as much product as they can within a set amount of time, which makes their business more profitable. These conflicting interests are what often leads to terrible truck accidents.
Tired Driver Accidents
Tired and drowsy driving has long been a leading cause of accidents, despite the federal and state regulations which work to curb commercial vehicle drivers from operating a vehicle on little sleep. The victim of a truck accident caused by tired driving may bring a claim for the following damages against the truck driver and/or the company:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Heavy trucks cause a lot of damage in any accident and can lead to serious, life-altering injuries for the passengers of a vehicle which is hit. While many of us recognize the tired feeling a driver can get after hours on the road, most of us are not controlling a massive vehicle which has the potential to inflict serious bodily injuries on dozens of people on the roads. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist you in calculating the full amount of damages you may be eligible to receive after a truck accident caused by tired driving.
Malley Law Firm | Houston Truck Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in a truck accident caused by a tired or drowsy driver, do not hesitate to contact the Malley Law Firm. Tony Malley has years of experience in assisting clients with their personal injury claims after a truck accident. Tired driving presents a very dangerous situation to all drivers on the road, and therefore truck drivers are strictly regulated with the amount of time they spend on the road in one shift or between shifts. Any failure to adhere to these rules could result in an accident and terrible injuries. Contact our Houston or Beaumont offices today for your initial free consultation.