Truck Driver Fatigue and the Disastrous Consequences That Can Result
When truck drivers are fatigued or tired, they are much more likely to make errors that can have serious consequences. Even if a driver does not fall completely asleep, they can make grave errors that can cause serious auto accidents and endanger the safety of others. At Moody Law, have helped countless truck accident victims receive compensation for injuries that result from truck driver fatigue. Our law firm, with offices serving Central Florida and Polk County, including Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, and Haines City, has a skilled team of lawyers and support staff who are experienced in trucking accident negotiation and litigation. After an accident, it is important that you seek legal representation as soon as possible to protect your rights. Contact Moody Law today to speak with an attorney and schedule a consultation.
Fatigue and Large Truck Accidents
More fatalities occur from trucking accidents in the first hour after a driver has taken a break of at least eight hours than during any other time. While you may commonly associate grogginess and fatigue with the end of a long work day, freight truck drivers often experience tiredness at the beginning of their shifts as well.
When a big truck, or semi-trailer, is operated by a tired driver, its sheer mass and speed alone are a danger on the road. Even seemingly minute lapses in concentration can cause a driver to lose control of the truck's path. When a semi collides with another vehicle or causes another automobile to lose control, the results can be devastating.
Auto accidents resulting from truck driver fatigue can lead to serious injuries (such as brain injuries) and even death. In a worst-case scenario, you may be seeking compensation for a loved one who was fatally injured because of a trucking accident. In these cases, the Moody Law team may hold the trucking company and driver responsible for wrongful death.
When Injury Results from Truck Driver Fatigue
When drivers cause accidents because of fatigue, they and their employers may be found responsible for the accidents. For example, Hours of Service (HOS) violations can be used to show negligence. Even if a trucking company's insurance covers damage to your vehicle and expenses related to incurred injuries, you may be entitled to further compensation. To help you receive compensation for your pain and suffering, Moody Law's rapid response team will work swiftly following your accident to determine the negligent parties. The Moody Law rapid response team will thoroughly investigate your case to determine when the driver last rested, if his or her vehicle was properly maintained, and a variety of other factors that may have contributed to your accident. Our understanding of this complex area of law can ensure we thoroughly review every facet of your case.
Contacting Us When it Matters Most
While no amount of compensation can truly relieve the pain and suffering associated with a serious injury or death of a loved one, it can help you find some financial relief from your suffering. If you or a family member has fallen victim to a trucking accident, the Moody Law team is ready to help. Contact us today to discuss your case and ensure your rights are defended.