Few would dispute the fact that driving a semi-truck is a brutal occupation. Drivers are expected to deal with tight deadlines, long days, and irregular sleep schedules. Laws and regulations have been instituted to reduce the incidence of fatigued-driver truck accidents, however, drowsiness is still a factor in a large number of truck crashes.
If you or a loved one were involved in a commercial truck accident, it is possible that a sleep-deprived trucker made crucial errors behind the wheel that led to the crash. The trucking company that employs the truck driver may be liable for damages. You could be entitled to reimbursement for past and future medical costs, vehicle replacement costs, lost income, and more. However, to bring a strong claim, you will need evidence that the truck driver’s actions caused the accident.
Sleepy Truck Drivers Can Make Deadly Mistakes
Research shows that not getting adequate sleep can affect our brains similarly to alcohol intoxication. Sleepy truck drivers are slower to react to obstacles or stopped vehicles on the road and more likely to make driving mistakes. They may not check their blind spots before changing lanes or pay close enough attention to other cars on the road. Some even fall asleep at the wheel. This can lead to horrible truck accidents resulting in severe injuries and property damage....