Accidents Caused by Truck Driver Fatigue
Due to the immense size and weight of these vehicles, drivers of 18-wheelers assume an enormous responsibility when operating these large trucks on the road. Simple mistakes can quickly cause a serious and potentially deadly accident when a smaller vehicle is involved. One major cause of dangerous driving by truckers is extreme fatigue caused by hours of service violations.
Although laws are in place to regulate how many hours a truck driver works, many companies ignore these laws and put overly tired truck drivers behind the wheel. When this occurs, innocent drivers can often become victims of negligent or irresponsible truck drivers.
Consequences of Truck Driver Fatigue
When truckers choose to drive their semi-trucks while they are feeling excessively fatigued, they may engage in dangerous behaviors that can lead to accidents. Some of these unsafe driving behaviors include:
- Paying less attention to possible dangers on the road or other drivers
- Not braking in time for stop lights or stop signs
- Exhibiting impaired or delayed reaction time
- Not checking blind spots
- Drifting from their lane
- Falling asleep at the wheel
When a trucking company blatantly ignores the law and commits an hours of service violation, innocent drivers are put in danger. These accidents frequently cause extreme emotional, physical, and financial turmoil. Often, trucking companies are held responsible for accidents caused by fatigued truck drivers and are required to pay out compensation to the victims.
Contact an Atlanta Truck Employer Negligence Attorney
If you or a loved one suffered as a result of a trucking accident due to employer negligence, the Atlanta attorneys at the Ausband & Dumont are ready to help you explore all of your legal options. Speak to one of our experienced attorneys by calling us at (404) 812-0051 today.