Trucking accidents are some of the riskiest things to occur on the road,
as trucks are often large in size, heavy in weight, and carrying plenty
of dangerous cargo. According to a study done by the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Administration and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
driver fatigue has quickly become one of the leading causes of trucking
Due to the mentally draining and physically exhausting nature of their
job, truck drivers are required to take regular rest periods in order
to avoid spending too much time behind the wheel. Despite it being a legal
requirement for truck drivers to take ample and frequent breaks, this
does not always happen.
When it comes to skipped rest breaks, there are a number of different parties
who may be at fault. Drivers may not take the breaks as often as they
need, or their employers may not allow them to rest as often as necessary.
As a result, fatigued truck drivers may fall asleep at the wheel, have
a slower reaction time, or even make poor decisions regarding speed, lane
changes, or road conditions.
Truck drivers experience an incredible amount of stress with their job,
which can also be a contributing factor to their fatigue. Navigating traffic
safely is essential, which is why trucking companies should be held responsible
in the event of a trucking accident caused by fatigued or overworked employees.
If you were injured in an accident involving a fatigued truck driver, we
encourage you to contact our New Orleans personal injury lawyers. The Womac Law Firm is comprised of dedicated, experienced, and compassionate
New Orleans truck accident attorneys who have one goal in mind: helping
you move on following an accident. We know nothing is quite as devastating
as sustaining injuries and suffering damages following a commercial truck
or 18-wheeler accident, which is why we will do everything in our power
to be the legal support you have been looking for.
Contact The Womac Law Firm
to schedule a free initial consultation, or call us at (504) 470-3935.