A fatigued trucker is a danger to every other driver on the road. Not only is it very likely that an accident will happen if a driver falls asleep, but these collisions are typically more disastrous because the sleeping trucker will make no attempt to avoid or prevent the accident before it occurs.
If you or someone you love was involved in a truck accident, you deserve justice. Filing a lawsuit for wrongful death of a loved one of for your own serious injuries is well within the scope of your legal rights.
The personal injury attorneys at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings are prepared to fight on your behalf today. We offer free case evaluations and never charge any up-front fees.
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How Can Truck Accident Lawyers Help Me?
Consulting with a skilled lawyer can help you and your family decide whether you have a valid claim. Whether you are filing a lawsuit on behalf of a loved one who was killed by a massive semi-truck, or you were severely injured in a collision of your own, an attorney is there to listen to your story and get you the help you deserve.
In Texas, it is possible to file a wrongful death suit up to two years after the accident. However, acting quickly will ensure you are still able to make a recover for what happened. Our truck accident lawyers are knowledgeable about Texas's laws we are prepared to fight for you today.
Causes of Fatigued Driving Accidents
Drivers are often required to haul large loads across hundreds or thousands of miles of highway. In order to ensure the timely delivery of their goods, drivers may resort to use of caffeine and illegal drugs in an attempt to stay awake and continue traveling.
Unfortunately, this behavior only leads to serious consequences, as driving drowsy can be as dangerous as driving drunk. Fatigued driving accidents can be caused by:
- Pressure to deliver loads on time/ early
- Traveling for longer than legally allowed
- Attempting to avoid rush-hour traffic
- Making up for lost time due to inclement weather, road obstructions, etc.
- Driver anxiety to get home
Whatever the cause of the truck accident, there is no reason a trucker should be operating their vehicle while fatigued. The risks associated with commercial vehicle driver fatigue are well documented, and it is simply a reckless and inexcusable behavior to perform.
Truck Driver Fatigue Accident Statistics
According the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 750 people die and 20,000 people are injured every year as a direct result of driver fatigue.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says trucker fatigue is a contributing factor in as many as 30-40% of all heavy truck crashes. Furthermore, the risk of a crash effectively doubles from the eighth to the tenth hour of driving, the FMCSA says.These numbers reflect the serious nature of fatigued driving accidents. While no motorist should get behind of the wheel while drowsy, truckers have a greater responsibility to ensure that their massive vehicles do not cause unnecessary accidents with smaller cars. In these cases it is not unlikely for debilitating, life-threatening injuries or death to result.
Contact Our Firm to Fight for Your Rights
If you've been involved in a commercial vehicle driver fatigue collision, there is hope. Losing a loved one, struggling to pay hospital bills or losing wages can be devastating to a family, but Stephens, Anderson & Cummings is here for you.
Our truck accident lawyers have the knowledge and compassion you deserve when filing a lawsuit against the person who caused your crash. We know you are suffering, and we can help.
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