Truck driver fatigue is a major concern in the trucking industry, and it can lead to devastating or even fatal accidents. At Klein DeNatale Goldner, we proudly represent clients who have been injured in truck crashes. If an overworked or fatigued truck driver is to blame for the injuries you are now suffering, consult with our team at Klein DeNatale Goldner. We have several decades of combined experience representing the injured victims of truck accidents and serve clients from our offices in Bakersfield, Fresno, San Diego, and Santa Barbara.
Our Bakersfield truck accident lawyers look forward to discussing your case during a free consultation. Call us at (661) 485-2100.
Understanding the Risks of Truck Driver Fatigue
Truck driver fatigue can be both mental and physical. If the driver does not get enough sleep, he or she may become drowsy, which can severely hinder driving abilities. It is estimated that truck driver fatigue is responsible for around 30% of all truck crashes in the United States annually. Thus, it is important for truck drivers to take precautions and avoid driving while drowsy.
Signs of drowsy driving include:
- Driving in oncoming lanes
- Speeding or going too slow
- Failing to obey traffic signals or signs
- Driving erratically
- Failing to use turn signals
Extreme drowsiness can have effects similar to drunkenness. This means a drowsy driver is putting others on the road in danger of injuries or death. Because commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, an accident can have devastating results.
Pursue Justice with the Help of Our Attorneys
Klein DeNatale Goldner is committed to holding trucking companies and drivers responsible for negligence. If you or a loved one suffered an injury because of a truck driver’s fatigue, we can help you file a claim to seek compensation. Depending on the circumstances, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages.
In a trucking accident, a thorough investigation is necessary to determine who is responsible. Truck drivers owe a duty of care to others on the road. If they drive while drowsy, they automatically breach that duty of care and may be found liable in court. Our Bakersfield truck accident lawyers can fight on your behalf every step of the way as you seek a favorable outcome.