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Truck Accidents Caused by Lack of Sleep

Tired Truck Drivers

Lack of sleep is the largest contributing factor in the occurrence of truck accidents, with 30% of these accidents being caused by a tired driver, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Truck driver fatigue is responsible for more truck accident injuries and deaths each year than alcohol consumption or reckless driving. The frequency of these deadly accidents is on the increase as more trucks are added to the highway system annually. If you have been injured in a truck accident that was caused by the driver's lack of sleep, it is important that you contact a Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney who can seek to recover compensation for the damages in your case.

Lack of sleep can have an effect on one's mental faculties that is just as strong as the effect of being drunk, if not more so. A tired driver can experience significantly reduced focus, reaction time, and vehicle control abilities in accident avoidance situations. Unfortunately, lack of sleep is common in the trucking industry, as shipping companies frequently look for ways to reduce downtime in order to increase profits. As a solution, they often have their drivers work for longer hours with fewer breaks. In the event that a tired driver causes an accident that injures others, the trucking company may be just as liable as the driver themselves.

Personal Injury Assistance in Fort Lauderdale

Weinstein & Scharf, P.A. is a personal injury law firm with over 70 years of combined experience. Over our years in practice, we have successfully helped a large number of individuals recover damages in their truck accident injury cases. We are available to provide you with personalized service in your truck accident case, and will do all we can to ensure that those responsible for your injuries are held accountable for their negligent actions.

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