Truck drivers have a tough job. They have to work long hours on monotonous roads. They are forced to meet tough deadlines. The conditions of their work sometimes make it difficult to stay awake and attentive. Some turn to drugs to help to deal with the fatigue. Others use legal alternatives such as coffee or energy drinks.
While there are many laws preventing truck drivers from being overworked, it is still a frequent occurrence. Drowsy or fatigued drivers are responsible for many truck accidents on New Jersey and New York roadways.
The lawyers at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., will work hard to help you if you have been injured by a drowsy truck driver. Contact us without delay to receive a free initial consultation about your case. You can call 1-800-LAW-2000 or fill out our online form.
The Danger of Drowsy Driving by Truck Drivers
Driving while tired can be as bad as driving drunk. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, about 16.5 percent of fatal vehicle accidents are caused by drowsy driving. A drowsy driver with a slow reaction time is more likely to lose control of his truck, resulting in disaster.
While any vehicle on the road is dangerous, a truck without an alert driver is an especially terrifying prospect. A loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 40 tons. Stopping a truck takes more time and distance than would be necessary for a car. Trucks are prone to jackknifing and other wrecks.
Unfortunately, truck drivers have a reputation for using illegal drugs to stay awake and attentive on the road. Specifically, the use of methamphetamines such as crystal meth is closely linked to truck driving. If you have been hurt by an intoxicated truck driver, the lawyers of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., will seek justice for you.
Our New Jersey and New York Truck Accident Lawyers Assist Drowsy Driving Crash Victims
Truck drivers are required to keep logs of the hours they work and the miles they drive. Sometimes, they lie or fake the numbers on these logs to work longer hours and make deliveries on time.
The truck accident attorneys at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., can scour these logs for an irregularities or proof of overworking to prove that a driver or trucking company should be held responsible. We will also look for evidence using traffic cameras, on-board data recorders and even E-ZPass records. Hiring records and job training information might also be important. Evidence that a driver is fatigued makes your case easier to prove.
We handle truck accident cases throughout New Jersey and New York. To learn how we can assist you, call Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., today at 1-800-LAW-2000 or use our online form. We can schedule a free initial consultation and get to work on your case right away.