San Antonio Trucking Accident Lawyers
It is no secret that many truck accidents are a result of driver fatigue by the truck driver. The injuries from truck accidents are intensified because of the weight and size of an 18-wheeler truck. When this happens, you need San Antonio Truck Accident Lawyers to help you get the compensation you deserve for injuries sustained.
Physical or mental exertion that impairs performance is fatigue. This can happen to drivers because of a lack of sleep, extended work hours, strenuous non-work activities, or a combination of other factors. It has been reported that 13% of commercial truck drivers were fatigued at the time of their accident.
Many times a driver does not get enough sleep each night because of the time demands. Many times they drive when they are drowsy which can impair the response time to hazards on the road, increasing the chances of a crash. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has found alertness of a driver was more related to the time of day than hours on the job.
Not only that, but when drivers are drowsy, they ignore the signals and dangers of drowsiness like yawning, heavy eyes and blurred vision. In fact research has found that being awake for 18 hours is comparable to having blood alcohol concentration of 0.08%. That is equal to being legally intoxicated at leaves you at the same risk of a crash.
Truck drivers often fail to eat a healthy diet, take necessary naps, or avoid medication that induces drowsiness to limit driver fatigue. Cumulated together, such factors lead to dangerous roadways for other vehicles and their passengers, and they pay the price with serious injuries and/or death from accidents. Our San Antonio Trucking Lawyers are here to help.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident with a large commercial vehicle or an 18 wheeler, call our San Antonio Trucking Accident Lawyers at Carabin Shaw Law Firm. Our dedicated team of lawyers know the federal rules and regulations that truck drivers, and the trucking companies that employ them, must follow. Call us at 210.222.2288, day or night, for more information.