Driving when you're tired is a regular part of life for many people in Georgia, but it can lead to serious accidents. When the fatigued driver in question is behind the wheel of an up-to-80,000-pound commercial truck, the consequences can be catastrophic or even deadly.
Research shows that driving while drowsy can be as impairing as alcohol, resulting in poor driving performance that includes a dangerous lack of alertness, an increased likelihood
of distraction, and slowed response times.
Commercial truck drivers:
- Have a tedious and sedentary job.
- Often work long hours and irregular shifts.
- May be encouraged to drive for periods exceeding what federal hours of service regulations allow.
These and other reasons make them particularly susceptible to drowsy driving and its hazards. Additionally, nearly one-third of truckers suffer from undiagnosed or untreated sleep apnea, a breathing-related sleep disorder that can increase the risk of causing a fatigued driving accident.
If you were hurt—or someone you love was killed—in a truck crash caused by a drowsy commercial driver, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim against them, and possibly their employer. Truck accident victims who take legal action can seek compensation for a wide range of damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, loss of earning potential, pain and suffering, and others.
However, it can be difficult for victims to determine—and even harder for them to prove in court—that truck driver fatigue was a contributing factor in the crash. Fortunately, a seasoned Georgia truck accident attorney can help. Did you suffer physical or financial losses in a truck accident you suspect was caused by drowsy driving? It's important to gather as much evidence as you can—such as photos, videos, medical documents, and truck driver and witness contact information—and contact an attorney as soon as possible.
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At Van Sant Law, our accomplished attorneys have helped countless Georgia truck crash victims make fair financial recoveries. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation to discuss the details of your case, as well as your legal rights and options, with a member of our skilled legal team.