On major highways and expressways, drivers are often concerned with large
trucks and semis. When a truck is involved in a crash, it is likely to
do more harm than a smaller vehicle because of its large size and weight.
Crashes between semis and passenger cars can lead to severe injuries and
Fatigued drivers can be a threat in any type of vehicle, but they pose
an even bigger risk when at the helm of a large truck. Truck drivers must
be completely focused on the road, especially since the reaction time
for a vehicle of that size is much slower than an average passenger car.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that nearly 4,000
people die every year in large truck accidents, and a large portion of
those accidents are believed to be because of fatigued drivers.
Truck drivers can be tired for any number of reasons, especially because
of the nature of their work. Drivers often operate on a deadline to deliver
loads and may face stiff punishments if shipments are delayed. This can
put pressure on a driver to ignore federal trucking laws regarding consecutive
hours driven and mandatory break times, resulting in a driver to log more
hours than wise or than legal.
Avoiding an accident is not always possible, especially with an 80,000-pound
vehicle. Our firm has experience with injuries in the traffic division,
so if you or someone you know has been involved in an accident due to
a third-party’s negligence, contact Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC
for a free consultation. (312) 620-1261