The Dangers of Driver Fatigue with 18-Wheelers

We've all experienced it at one point-driver fatigue. While driving home from work or back from dropping the kids off at their a fternoon activities, we've all had that sensation of almost nodding of at the wheel. Driver fatigue is dangerous for all drivers, but it is particularly dangerous for drivers of big rigs or 18-wheelers. It is also far more common.

Driver fatigue is the most common cause of 18-wheeler crashes. In fact, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, fatigued driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. The number of hours a truck driver can work is limited by federal regulations. Sometimes, though, these regulations are not followed by drivers who are motivated to drive more hours to make more money. As a result, drivers tend to work exceedingly long hours without sleep.

When we are fatigued at the wheel, we tend to make errors when driving due to a lack of concentration. For example, fatigued drivers may not notice traffic lights and stop signs. They may also forget to turn off their turn signals, which can confuse other road users. Often, fatigued drivers forget to check their blind spots and either side-swipe another vehicle or back into one. These errors are dangerous when made by drivers of ordinary vehicles. The danger is magnified when the vehicle is an 18-wheeler, often resulting in accidents, injuries and even death.

Where to go for Help

If you or a loved one has been the victim of an accident involving a tractor trailer, 18-wheeler or another industrial vehicle, damages may be recoverable. For a free consultation to determine whether you are entitled to compensation, and thus the peace of mind and financial relief from the costs of medical treatment, contact one of the trucking accident attorneys at Reich & Binstock. Either use the contact form on this page or call Reich & Binstock toll-free at 1-866-LAW-2400.

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