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How fatigue affects truck drivers and you

Truck drivers are integral to delivery services and a number of other companies working to carry out their necessary duties. However, tired truck drivers pose a serious threat to all travelers on the road. If these drivers do not follow proper rules and regulations, they could easily find themselves distracted, experiencing slower reaction times or falling asleep behind the wheel entirely. Even the smallest mishap with a big rig could lead to catastrophic results for all parties involved.

Though truck drivers’ hours are regulated by law, there have been instances in which individuals or companies may fail to heed those regulations. As a result, drivers may continue working past designated operational hours or not get enough rest between shifts. These lapses could easily lead to fatigued drivers. Some parties may consider fatigue a minor inconvenience, but that tired feeling can have significant impacts on performance. To name a few repercussions, drivers may experience:

  • Inattention
  • Slower reaction times
  • Inability to assess predicaments quickly
  • Lane drift

Unfortunately, because fatigue sets in quickly, drivers may not be fully aware of just how tired they have become. Additionally, they may not realize that they have begun drifting into other lanes or that they are nodding off behind the wheel. In many cases, these effects lead to tractor-trailers colliding with other vehicles and causing considerable damage and serious injuries.

Numerous lives can be negatively impacted by such an accident, and the effects can be long-lasting. Innocent drivers and passengers could be victims of truck accidents and suffer serious or fatal injuries. In order to recover from injuries, time away from work may be required and, as a result, much-needed wages may be lost. Furthermore, the injuries may result in recurring or permanent negative outcomes that could require continuous medical attention.

If you have been involved in a truck accident and suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one, you may find yourself wondering how to proceed in the aftermath of such an event. Treatment for injuries or making funeral arrangements for a loved one can be harrowing tasks, and the emotional strain could prove to be overwhelming. As a result, these difficulties could lead to considerable financial struggles and mental turmoil. Luckily, you have options for taking legal action against the parties considered liable for the accident. With the help of an experienced Fort Pierce lawyer, it is possible for you to seek much needed compensation.

The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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