Truck drivers who violate federal rules regulating the number of hours they can drive are the cause of many catastrophic accidents. Truck drivers who are tired and sleepy are more likely to make driving errors such as crossing over the center lane, drifting into the wrong lane, running off the road and failing to take timely evasive action in extreme dangerous situations. Fatigue is a problem even when drivers are in compliance with the legal hours of service requirements. In accidents caused by a truck driver fatigue, trucking companies and their insurers are liable for the consequences.
Drivers are often paid by the mile, giving them a very strong incentive to keep driving rather than stopping to rest when they feel drowsy. Drivers may fail to note the signs of fatigue, such as yawning, tired eyes and drowsiness; or they may choose to disregard these signs. In either case their companies are liable for the harm this causes. And when drivers take drugs to stay awake after experiencing these symptoms, their driving ability may be impaired in other ways. Trucking companies are liable for harm caused by all of these practices.
At the Lassen Law Firm, our attorneys represent clients who were injured in truck accidents caused by driver fatigue. We also represent family members of individuals who died in a truck accident caused by driver fatigue. Issues related to driver fatigue can be complex and often require extensive analysis to determine the facts. As personal injury lawyers with many years of experience, our firm has the resources and knowledge to take on highly challenging cases and cases involving huge losses in order obtain full compensation for our clients.