The Effects Of Drowsy Driving By A Semi-Truck Driver
Close to 5,000 people lose their lives in semi-truck accidents each and every year in the U.S. alone. The bad news is that most of the deaths are of people in cars and passenger vehicles, because a semi-truck provides more safety in crashes. Statistics show that more than 80% of those 5,000 annual semi-truck accident-caused fatalities are attributed to people in cars and passenger vehicles.
The Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) estimated that 64% of major truck accidents with heavy fatalities involve tractor-trailer trucks that are pulling one trailer, while only 4% of these accidents involved a multi-trailer vehicle. One of the major causes of such crashes is drowsy driving which itself can be caused by:
- Driver tiredness and fatigue
- Distracted driving
- Overstressing or overworking
- Or highway hypnosis
Driver drowsiness occurs mainly because, in most cases, semi-truck drivers are paid by the mile and they want to get their job done as fast as possible which means skipping vital rest time. Without leaving the wheel for a while every now and then, the driver might get tired and sleepy and make a fatal mistake. If you sustained injuries in a semi-truck accident through no fault of your own, you might be eligible to recover damages such as:
- Medical costs
- Wage loss
- Potential future income loss
In order to do that you will need an excellent truck accident lawyer. The attorneys at the law offices of Mitch Grissim & Associates will take the time to look at your case, and figure out responsible parties and all of the relevant damages. Our experienced truck accident lawyers have a great track record dealing with such cases. We will fight for you and make sure you get the compensation you deserve!