Truck drivers have a responsibility unlike any other driver on the road.
While the rest of us must operate and control 3,000-pound vehicles safely,
truck drivers are responsible for operating 80,000-pound big rig trucks
on a daily basis. These trucks do not brake as easily, they don’t
corner as well, and they are more dangerous in high wind and bad weather.
As such, truck drivers must keep 100% of their attention on the road at
all times, in order to avoid devastating trucking accidents.
Unfortunately, long hours on the road takes its toll on many truck drivers
and an estimated 1 in 4 truckers has admitted to falling asleep while
driving during the previous month. Even though the FMCSA requires that
truck drivers have adequate amounts of time to sleep and rest while driving
these vehicles, the average trucker only gets 5 hours of sleep a night—far
below the average needed.
Sleep loss has been proven to be deadly, not just for truckers, but for
all drivers. Experts and researchers have declared that sleep loss impacts
performance and reaction time similar to alcohol. After 24 hours awake,
the effect is equivalent to having a blood alcohol level of 0.10%.
Truck driver error is the main cause of
trucking accidents, accounting for 87.2% of all trucking accidents. Due to the sheer weight
and size of these vehicles, trucking accidents often cause major injuries
to the driver and passengers of the car that is involved. These injuries
are often life threatening and often result in a lifetime of pain and
If you believe truck driver fatigue is the reason for your horrific Fort
Lauderdale trucking accident, it is important to act quickly. Valuable
evidence can be lost or destroyed quickly that your attorney may need
to prove your case. Retaining legal representation immediately following
your accident will ensure that your lawyer is able to obtain trucking
logs, black box data, and any other evidence that is needed.
Discuss Your Case with the Team at Kelley/Uustal
If you or someone you love was injured in a trucking accident, the Fort
Lauderdale accident attorneys at Kelley/Uustal can help. Our attorneys
protect the rights of trucking accident victims. To learn more about your
call us at (954) 522-6601 for a free consultation.