White Plains, NY- A truck accident can happen for any number of reasons. Mechanical issues and inclement weather are two very common reasons but an overwhelming majority of accidents involving semis, tanker, log truck and other commercial trucks can be attributed to driver error and negligence. One of those more common driver errors is fatigue which leads to may unnecessary truck accidents every year in New York.
In their Large Truck Crash Causation Study of 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration found that fatigue contributed to 13 percent of fatal truck crashes. That’s because truck drivers are often pushed, by their own financial needs or at the behest of a trucking company, into driving when they are fatigued and shouldn’t be on the road. Pressure to earn and deliver their goods can be so intense that truck drivers put their lives and other lives at risk whether they mean to or not.
First, it’s important to state that the majority of truck drivers have impeccable safety records and take road safety very seriously, but there are plenty of bad actors on the road who make serious mistakes. Truck drivers, especially long-haul drivers, have difficult jobs and spend long hours driving, waiting in traffic and loading and unloading their trucks, so naturally they may become tired, sleepy or fatigued.
While many of us don’t think twice about how fatigue affects their driving but they should. Fatigue affects a driver by slowing their motor responses and making it difficult for them to the pay attention to the task of driving. A fatigued truck driver is likely to nod off and lose control of their large and heavy vehicles, making it likely they will jackknife or strike another vehicle.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a driver who is fatigued often doesn’t even realize they are fatigued. They may not realize their driving is getting worse or that they are weaving or driving erratically so they don’t know when to pull over.
Lately efforts to reduce fatigued driving have been rolled-back by Congress, most namely a provision that requires a truck driver to get adequate sleep after shifts and before they start a long work week. Even when there are strong fatigued driving regulations in place, deadly and injurious accident is bound to occur because negligence and recklessness is common among passenger vehicle motorists, truck drivers and motorcyclists.
If you have been the victim of a fatigued driving truck accident, USAttorneys urges you to get help with your truck accident claim. We encourage truck accident victims in White Plains, New York to contact one of the experienced truck accident lawyers at the law offices of Kent Hazzard and set up a case evaluation. The team of personal injury lawyers at Kent Hazzard and associates have over two decades of experience helping the victims of truck and car accidents recover generous settlements for their injury or untimely loss.
When you have a truck accident lawyer familiar with New York’s personal injury laws working on your case, you can be confident that someone is fighting for your rights. You know someone is striving to recover an optimal settlement in your behalf. Contact the law offices of Kent Hazzard at 914-948-4700, and learn how they can help you obtain the full amount of compensation you are entitled to for your injuries and emotional distress.