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How Can Driver fatigue Increase the Chances of an Auto accident?
According to statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation significantly impairs a truck driver's ability to operate a vehicle safely.
Fatigue can lead to:
- Driver qualifications
- Decreased reaction times
- Impaired judgment
- Compromised decision-making skills
For commercial truck drivers, the consequences of sleep deprived driving can be catastrophic.
When a fatigued trucker operates a semi-truck, they are at a higher risk of losing control of the vehicle, veering into other lanes, or even falling asleep at the wheel. These scenarios can result in devastating collisions, often involving multiple vehicles and leading to severe injuries or fatalities.
How Can a Lawyer Use Lack of sleep as a Defense?
The truck accident lawyers at MVP Accident Attorneys can investigate the accident to determine if sleep deprivation played a role. This investigation may involve:
- Analyzing driver log books
- Reviewing surveillance footage
- Interviewing witnesses
- Consulting with accident reconstruction experts
By establishing that fatigued driving was the cause of the truck crash, lawyers can build a strong case for their clients.
A truck accident lawyer at MVP Accident Attorneys will look at various factors to identify the cause of a collision.
An attorney will meticulously review the driver's log books and records to evaluate compliance with federal regulations regarding hours of service. These records document the truck driver's work hours, rest breaks, and sleep patterns. Discrepancies or violations, such as exceeding maximum driving hours or inadequate rest periods, can prove that drowsy driving contributed to the crash.
Surveillance footage and witnesses
Our legal team will examine any available surveillance footage from nearby cameras or dashcams to identify signs of drowsy driving, such as erratic lane changes, drifting, or slowed reaction times. We will also interview witnesses who may have observed the truck driver's behavior leading up to the accident, looking for indications of fatigue or sleep deprivation.
An attorney can also work with accident reconstruction experts who specialize in analyzing truck accidents. These experts can recreate the accident scene, assess the dynamics of the collision, and provide insights into whether sleep deprivation could have been a factor. They may consider factors such as skid marks, impact patterns, and the position of the vehicles involved.
Medical records and sleep disorders
Our legal team can request the truck driver's medical records to identify any underlying sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea or insomnia, which could contribute to sleep deprivation. If such disorders are present, the lawyer can argue that the driver's condition should have been properly diagnosed and managed to prevent accidents.
If available, we will gather testimonies from witnesses who observed the driver's appearance or behavior before the accident. Observations of bloodshot eyes, yawning, or signs of fatigue can serve as crucial evidence in establishing sleep deprivation as a contributing factor.
By thoroughly investigating a semi-truck crash, a truck accident lawyer can build a persuasive case to demonstrate that sleep deprivation played a significant role in causing the commercial truck accident. This evidence will increase the chances of successfully proving liability and recovering the fair settlement you deserve.
Contact Us Today!
If you were involved in a semi-truck accident that was caused by a sleep-deprived truck driver, contact MVP Accident Attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case.
If you decide to work with us, our legal team will begin investigating your accident claim right away and fight to help you recover a fair settlement for all accident-related damages. Contact us today to learn more.
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Brett S. Sachs graduated from Michigan State University College of Law with Cum Laude Honors. While attending Michigan State, Brett was awarded for his service in the Michigan State University College of Law Civil Rights Clinic, where he represented prisoners of the Michigan Department of Corrections from injustices brought upon them. Learn more.
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