Strong Kentucky Attorneys Fighting for You When Driver Fatigue Causes an Accident
Our firm brings claims when tired truck drivers cause fatal and serious accidents
Almost 4,000 drivers, passengers, and pedestrians are killed in truck accidents each year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Driving while fatigued is one of the leading causes of these accidents. It is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has federal regulations on how long truck drivers can operate their trucks before they need to rest and how many hours of rest they should get. Kentucky has a strong concern about driver fatigue because so many trucks travel through federal, state, and local roads.
Our Crandall & Pera Law Kentucky truck accident lawyers understand how dangerous tired drivers can be. We hold drivers and trucking companies responsible when tired drivers cause accidents. Our legal team works hard to prove the driver was tired by reviewing company records, driver records, and police reports. Our law firm has obtained multi-million dollar jury verdicts and insurance settlements for some of our clients, and we have obtained large awards for many other clients. We fight to get our clients full damages for all their medical bills, lost wages, physical pain, and emotional suffering. In tragic cases involving the death of your family member, we argue for support damages due to that loss.
The risks of driver fatigue
Driver fatigue and falling asleep at the wheel create many hazards for the operator of the vehicle and for other cars, as well as bystanders. Tired drivers can miss exits, fail to remember their routes, or daydream – which can cause them to drive too fast. Drivers who are tired:
- Have less control of their vehicle than rested drivers
- Exceed the speed limit
- Veer into other lanes, including oncoming lanes
- Run through traffic lights
- Drive recklessly
- Create twice the danger when they drive while intoxicated
- Have slower reaction times
Who is responsible when drivers fail to get proper rest?
Our Kentucky driver fatigue lawyers hold all responsible parties accountable when tired drivers cause truck accidents. Our firm begins by bringing claims against the driver who caused the accident. We understand, though, that driver fatigue is often caused by undue demands by other parties. The trucking company that hired the trucker may have pressured the driver to get a shipment to a site in an unreasonable amount of time. The company that is receiving the goods may be part of the problem if they made unreasonable demands.
The FMCSA regulates driver hours because it knows how important proper rest is. Our legal team investigates whether such rules have been violated. We also understand that just because a driver or company obeyed the FCMSA rules does not mean that negligence did not occur. Each case is unique. Many times, the Crandall & Pera Law firm can prove that the driver should have pulled off the road or gotten more sleep because of the driver’s physical condition, the difficulty of the journey, or for other reasons. Driving between midnight and six am is immediately suspect.
Our Kentucky truck driver fatigue attorneys do not honor unreasonable defenses. The need to get home to see family or friends is not an excuse. The pressure to get goods delivered is no defense either. At every level and every degree, public safety comes first.
A Kentucky attorney demands full compensation for you and your family
One bad decision by a truck driver can change a life forever. Victims usually cannot attend to daily activities for a period of time or, in some cases, for the rest of their lives. Injuries can prevent a person from working for a while or forever. At Crandall & Pera Law, our experienced Kentucky truck driver fatigue lawyers demand payment for all medical bills, including surgeries, doctor visits, medications, and medical devices. We demand payment for lost wages, loss of future income, and pain and suffering. Our job is to hold wrongdoers accountable by making them compensate victims for their losses.
Please phone us at 877-686-8879 for a consultation or complete our contact form. Our truck accident lawyers see clients at our law offices in Lexington and Louisville and make arrangements to see clients elsewhere if they are not mobile.