What Role Does Driver Fatigue Play in Truck Accidents and Liability?

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It is dangerous to be tired behind the wheel. It is especially dangerous for the operator of a large vehicle like a truck to drive while they are tired and not at their best. That is why government regulators set so many rules about how trucks can operate. When a driver ignores these rules and driver fatigue contributes to an accident that harms you or a loved one, they need to be held accountable along with any other liable parties. A Darlington County, South Carolina truck accident lawyer is ready to help you with that.

What Are the Effects of Driver Fatigue?

Driving for too long can be exhausting. This is why truckers are only supposed to be on duty for up to 14 consecutive hours in a 24-hour period and they are only supposed to drive up to 11 hours per day. Operating a truck for too long can affect reflexes and decision-making skills. Drivers could even fall asleep behind the wheel or drift out of their lane

Who Should Be Held Responsible When a Trucker Violates the Rules?

An irresponsible driver needs to be held accountable when they ignore safety rules, but the trucking company that employs them could also be responsible for accidents caused by driver fatigue. If an employer encourages an employee to ignore rules to meet deadlines, placing profits above safety, they need to be held accountable as well.

What Kinds of Injuries Are Common in Accidents Caused by Driver Fatigue?

Trucks are so much bigger and heavier than passenger vehicles. Accidents involving large vehicles like 18-wheelers often cause death or serious injuries. If you are injured in an accident with a truck, you might require more than a couple of weeks off and a few doctor visits to recover. Your injuries could be with you for life. Truck accidents can cause:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Amputations
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Organ damage

If driver fatigue causes your accident, we can help you fight for fair compensation.

What Should My Compensation Cover?

You might receive an initial offer of compensation from an insurance company, but these first offers are rarely sufficient. An insurer wants to get out of this for as little money as possible, but injuries from a trucking accident can continue to affect victims for the rest of their lives. Our law firm will help you fight for compensation that adequately reimburses you for everything that you have experienced as a result of this accident. Your settlement should help with:

  • Past and future medical costs
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Mental anguish
  • Pain from disability or disfigurement

If your loved one passed away in an accident with a truck, we can also help you pursue wrongful death damages.

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If you want to learn more about your legal options, contact the James Law Office. We can schedule a consultation, tell you more about the potential value of your case, and figure out who should be pursued for damages.

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