Truck Driver Fatigue in Big Rig Accidents
Louisiana Trucking Accident Lawyers Helping Victims and Families Identify Accident Causes
It has been proven again and again that when truck drivers are not given enough time to take regular breaks from driving and get adequate sleep, they are at a dramatically higher risk of getting involved in accidents, often resulting in catastrophic injuries to innocent people.
At the law firm of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC, our Louisiana personal injury lawyers are committed to pursuing fair compensation for victims of accidents caused by truck driver fatigue and other negligence on the part of truck drivers and trucking companies.
Holding Trucking Companies Accountable for Overworking Their Drivers
Trucking companies may claim that their drivers are required to follow safety laws regulating hours of service, but their delivery expectations and other demands on drivers may tell a different story, forcing them to break the law and drive themselves into a state of fatigue.
Driver fatigue is one of the leading causes of trucking accidents. The following are some of the major consequences of drivers staying behind the wheel for too many hours:
- Falling asleep while driving: The most obvious result of driver fatigue is an increased risk that the driver will fall asleep on the road, losing control of his or her vehicle.
- Poor alertness and response times: Even when fatigued drivers are able to stay awake, they often experience decreased alertness and increased response times.
- Drug and alcohol abuse: All too often, fatigued truck drivers turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with their heavy work demands, dramatically increasing their accident risks.
Lake Charles • New Iberia • Baton Rouge • 18-Wheeler Accident Attorneys
If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one in a trucking accident, our lawyers can help you pursue the results you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, please contact us at 800-375-6186 or by email for a free initial consultation. Our main office is located in Lafayette, Louisiana.
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