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Spotlight on Truck Accidents

Driver Fatigue Causing Trucking Accidents

If a truck driver is exhausted, sleepy, or tired feeling while operating a commercial motor vehicle, he is suffering from fatigue and would be considered a danger to other drivers on the road. Unfortunately many truck drivers work very long hours and face unrealistic deadlines as they try to meet the tight rigorous schedules demanded by their companies. The consequences are dire. Truck driver fatigue is one of the major reasons for many of the devastating truck accidents that occur in the US. Since truck driver fatigue often severely impairs the judgment of a commercial motor vehicle driver, it not only impacts their driving ability and reaction times, but also causes a decrease in their ability to even evaluate their own level of fatigue in the first place.

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When a large commercial trailer truck, often weighing more than 10,000+ lbs. collides with other vehicles or pedestrians, the resulting truck accident is devastating. Shockingly around 500,000 trucking accidents occur on US roadways and highways every year. Of these trucking accidents approximately 5,000 will result in fatalities to either the driver, the passengers in other vehicles, or both. Some highway experts state that one out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision.

When you consider the size and mass of a semi-truck versus a passenger car, it doesn't take a genius to realize that most of the deaths and injuries resulting from a truck accident will involve the passengers of the smaller vehicles. Truck drivers of the tractor-trailers usually escape from a truck-vehicle collision with little or no personal injury. This discrepancy is mass is critical. Consequently, commercial truck company owners and drivers who fail to follow proper accident prevention measures place the rest of the driving public in grave danger

The experienced truck accident lawyers of Gordon Elias & Seely, L.L.P are not only prepared to mediate a fair resolution, but also prepared, if necessary, to take your case to court, recovering the compensation you and your family members deserve.

Common Causes of Truck Accidents:

  • Unlicensed Driver
  • Speeding
  • Disobeying Safety Procedure
  • Motor Vehicle Inspection Failure
  • Repair & Maintenance Failure
  • Failure to Yield The Right of Way
  • 18 Wheeler Crash
  • DUI / DWI
  • Driver Fatigue
  • Truck Rollover
  • Backing Up/Moving In Reverse
  • Vehicle Collisions
  • Mechanical or Brake Failure
  • Tires Blow Up
  • Transporting Equipment with Trailers
  • Overloaded Trucks or Trailers
  • Loads That Shift Weight
The content of this website is provided for informational purposes only, and does not constitute legal advice. If you need help with a Truck Accident claim, consult an experienced trucking accident attorney from the law offices of Gordon Elias & Seely, L.L.P. by calling TOLL FREE: 800 - 773 - 6770 OR by filling out the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page.
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