Drowsy driving is one of the leading causes of accidents on American roads and highways. According to the estimations from The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), annually 100,000 accidents can be linked to the people who doze off while in the driving seat. This estimate also includes a horrific number of the deaths and the injuries that may be caused by drowsy driving.
Driving with sleep deprivation is not a trivial matter. According to the experts, there isn’t any significant difference between dozy driving and driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Any individual who hasn’t slept for 17 hours or more can make the same driving errors as a person who has a blood alcohol content level of 0.5.
From the above discussion, it is quite clear that falling asleep behind the wheel can prove to be fatal for the driver and the people around them. However, the degree of fatality rises manifold when the driver of a commercial truck weighing more than 50,000 pounds becomes drowsy while driving.
Truck drivers are sleep-deprived more often than other drivers due to several reasons:
Drowsy driving in a commercial truck driver is an invitation for catastrophe; therefore, if you identify the following signs on roads and highways then you can protect yourself from an accident:
If you or a loved one were in a motor vehicle accident caused by a truck driver who lacked sleep for one reason or another, you have the right to pursue compensation through an injury suit. At the Law Offices of Jacob Emrani, we specialize in holding negligent parties accountable when they cause severe harm to others.
Call our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys to begin your claim—(888) 952-2952!