Truck Accidents Caused by Fatigued Drivers
Accidents Caused by Falling Asleep at the Wheel
Fatigue mixed with driving an 18-wheeler truck is a recipe for disaster. To help combat this, and prevent trucking accidents due to fatigue, the trucking industry has set rules and regulations that drivers are supposed to follow with guidelines about how much time they are allowed to drive during a 24 hour period, and how long they are expected to rest. Unfortunately, with deadlines needing to be met, truck drivers spend long hours on the road and don't always get the rest they need in order to be completely alert.
Semi-trucks can weigh over 80,000 pounds and are about 70 feet long. When a car or SUV collides with this large of a vehicle, injuries, severe damage and even fatalities are all possible. When a driver of any type of vehicle is tired, the chances are good that an accident will occur. But when an 18-wheeler is involved, the chance of injury is almost guaranteed.
Competent and Qualified Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial truck accident, proving that the driver was at fault due to fatigue can require the assistance of an experienced attorney who has successfully dealt with similar cases. Here at Robert Sparks Attorneys, our Tampa truck accident lawyers are dedicated to protecting the legal rights of accident victims. We may be able to help get you financial compensation for loss of wages, pain and suffering and accident-related expenses. Don't face insurance companies alone. Typically they will try and give accident victims a small settlement, which in the long run, may leave you coming up short and not able to pay your bills. Legal representation can help make a difference for you and your family to move forward and be able to concentrate on important things like recovery.