If you are tired and feel like you have the urge to close your eyes, you probably know that you shouldn’t get behind the wheel of your vehicle and drive. However, some truckers who are sleepy don’t seem to follow that same rule of thought. Whether they are motivated by money, fear of missing their delivery deadlines, or because their employers require shifts of too many hours, many truck drivers end up driving drowsy—only to end up in an accident.
Sadly, many truck accidents in Roswell and nationwide could have been prevented if drowsy truck drivers would have pulled off the road or never gotten behind the wheel of their vehicles sleepy.
While it may be hard for you to tell if the truck accident that involved you was caused by a trucker’s fatigue, a skilled accident attorney will investigate the facts looking for signs of an overtired trucker. The attorney will find out what medications the trucker was taking, analyze his logbooks, and request the truck’s black box. Additionally, facts such as skid marks and other accident evidence can help determine if the trucker applied his brakes; if the brakes were not applied, then the operator may have been sleeping at the time of the collision.
Drowsy driving accounts for about 15 percent of fatal truck accidents according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. If you believe that a truck driver was sleeping or negligent in any way that led to your crash and injuries, please call Shane Smith Law immediately so an investigation can be started right away. Roswell accident attorney Shane Smith can be reached at 770-HURT-999 for a free consultation today.