Common Causes Of Trucking Accidents
Truck drivers are under enormous pressure to make deliveries on time. In order to maintain a strict timeline, many drivers might forego mandatory rest periods and continue driving while facing increasing fatigue. If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident, contact a lawyer at any of our regional offices as soon as possible.
At the Bowers Law Firm, our truck driver fatigue attorneys understand the serious nature of motor vehicle accident injuries. In many cases, our injured clients face a lengthy physical therapy process or even surgery. It is our goal to fight for the maximum monetary compensation that is possible in each case.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) cites the Driver Fatigue and Alertness Study (DFAS) performed by the Essex Corporation as the most comprehensive study of commercial driver alertness ever conducted. A central tenet of the study was the fact that drivers’ stated self-assessments of their levels of alertness did not correlate well with objective measures of performance. Essentially, these truck drivers were not very good at assessing their own levels of alertness and driving ability.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for truck drivers to try to combat fatigue by using drugs such as cocaine and amphetamines. If you were in an accident caused by a truck driver operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol, contact our firm today.
Distracted Driving Accident Attorneys Serving Wyoming, Idaho And Utah
Based on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) findings from 2008 and 2009, 20 percent of multi-vehicle accidents can be traced back to distracted driving. Any activity that pulls a driver’s attention from the road can be classified as a distraction. Distracted driving is a phrase that can ultimately refer to countless actions, including:
- Driving while texting
- Driving while eating
- Driving while talking on a cellphone
- Driving while grooming
- Driving while reading
- Driving while manipulating a radio, CD player or MP3 player
- Driving while manipulating a navigation system
Essentially, anything that takes a driver’s focus off the road — even for an instant — can result in loss of control and serious accidents. Loss of focus can lead to improper merge, inadvertent lane changes or even failure to stop in a timely manner.
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When you need a truck accident attorney who will take your legal problems seriously and move aggressively on your behalf, contact the Bowers Law Firm right away for a free consultation. We will dedicate our efforts to achieving the best possible outcome for you and your family. Call toll-free 833-733-5646 or send us an email.