Commercial truck drivers are often required to drive great distances in a limited amount of time. As a result, they often experience fatigue while driving. They may try to offset their drowsiness through caffeine, sugar, energy drinks, and other methods, but they will still be less alert than necessary to react in case of a problem or emergency on the road. As a result, tired truck drivers cause many traffic accidents, most of which result in some form of personal injury.
Fatigue makes it difficult to focus on the road or pay attention to traffic signs and signals. Tired drivers may also start to nod off at the wheel, causing them to weave or drive erratically. In the case of truck drivers, their vehicle is much larger than an average car and causes a great deal more damage in a collision than an average car accident. Truck drivers could also fall asleep at the wheel and cause run-off, rear-end, or head-on collisions, many of which cause wrongful deaths.
At the Mesa Law Firm, we are fully invested in helping you recover from a truck accident of any nature. As such, we commit ourselves to the thorough investigation of each and every case that we take on, paying careful attention to intricate details that might otherwise be overlooked. In this way we are better able to determine if an accident was the result of a tired driver's fatigue. In the event that fatigue is believed to be the cause of the accident, a very specific set of procedures must ensue.
After identifying fatigue as a considerable factor in the truck accident that left you injured and / or your property damaged, one of the next things that we will need to investigate is the working conditions under which the trucker was operating at the time of the accident. For example, we will look at the number of driving hours that were permitted by the trucking company, and we will investigate whether or not the company urged its drivers to bypass the driving hour limits that had been set forth for them by state and federal regulations. In this way we can determine if the trucking company itself should be held partially responsible for the accident.
Any trucking company that is found to be encouraging its truckers to make speedy deliveries that arrive ahead of schedule and at the sake of the driver's own physical well-being could be partly liable for the accident that ensued. The same is true of a company that paid is drivers by the mile or even by the load, effectively encouraging truckers to exceed their natural limits and thus resulting in tired driving. In such cases, the fault of the accident might lie not only with the fatigued driver, but also with the trucking company that encouraged this behavior.
If you have been injured in an accident because of a tired truck driver, speak with a Coral Gables injury attorney from Mesa Law Firm right away. The sooner you consult with a knowledgeable member of our team, the sooner we can get you started on the road to compensation. Our firm has extensive experience in personal injury law, and has 15 years of litigation experience, and we could use our resources and skill to help you build your case and obtain compensation for your injury.
We also offer contingency fees, so you do not have to worry about whether or not you can afford to retain our firm. Mesa Law Firm could fight for the compensation you deserve after a truck accident!