Truck Driver Fatigue: A Leading Cause Of 18-Wheeler Accidents
18-wheeler and semi-truck accidents often result in catastrophic injuries that inflict a lifetime’s worth of damage on victims. Most of these accidents are caused by negligence and are entirely preventable if truck driver and trucking companies follow regulations and take safety precautions seriously. Unfortunately, many of the truck drivers we share the roads with have not had a good night’s sleep in days and present a clear and present danger to innocent drivers and passengers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an 18-wheeler accident in Alabama, you can rely on the attorneys of Penn & Seaborn, LLC, to fight to make things right for you. Our attorneys combine for more than 70 years of personal injury experience and have the skills and resources necessary to maximize compensation for your medical costs, pain and suffering, lost earnings and more.
Why Are Truck Drivers So Tired?
Drivers are under a lot of pressure to deliver as much cargo as possible in as short a time as possible. This pressure often comes form the top down, with trucking companies and managers pressuring drivers to meet unrealistic deadlines. This leads to truck drivers falsifying their logs to make it look like they took their required rest breaks. Drivers also resort to taking over-the-counter or illegal drugs to stay awake during long stretches of driving. All it takes is one slowed reaction or one time falling asleep behind the wheel to result in a catastrophic injury for another driver, passenger or pedestrian who crosses their path.
Negligent truck drivers and trucking companies deserve to bear the burden of these injury-related costs. We fight to hold them accountable for their negligence and ensure truck wreck victims have the financial resource they need to be made whole again. This means fighting for the compensation they need to cover the lifelong costs of injuries such as brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and amputation injuries.