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 it toll on many truck drivers
and an estimated 1 in 4 truckers have 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 disability.
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.
Contact Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorneys
If you or someone you love was injured in a
trucking accident, the Fort Lauderdale accident attorneys at Kelley/Uustal can help. Our
attorneys have successfully fought for the rights of injured trucking
accident victims in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Palm Beach, and throughout
Broward County. To learn more about your legal options, call our Fort
Lauderdale accident attorneys at
(954) 715-4511 or
888-522-6601 for a free consultation.