Ohio Truck Accident Lawyers Fight for Victims and Families of Driver Fatigue
Holding the driver, the truck owner, and shipping businesses liable when drivers drive while tired
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration figures show that driver fatigue caused 72,000 vehicle accidents, 44,000 injuries, and 800 fatalities in 2013. One of the leading groups causing these driver fatigue crashes are commercial drivers of tractor trailers, tow trucks, and buses. What makes commercial driving accidents worse than auto and other vehicle accidents is the size and weight of the vehicles often cause catastrophic, if not deadly, injuries.
At Crandall & Pera Law, our Ohio truck driver fatigue lawyers understand the dangers of driving while exhausted. We have seen too many cases where the simple failure to pull over and get rest or check into a hotel has caused life-altering and life-ending injuries. Our lawyers have obtained substantial jury trial verdicts and settlements on behalf our clients. Some of these awards were well over a million dollars. Our firm has the experience clients need to determine the real cause of the accident, to demand full payment of medical bills and lost wages, and to argue for compensation to make up for all the ways your life has changed.
Why does commercial driver fatigue happen?
The risks associated with driver fatigue are severe. Drivers who need sleep fail to pay attention to the road, have slow reaction times, do not have control of their vehicles, disobey traffic laws, and commit other driver error that can easily cause deadly accidents. Tired drivers cross into opposing lanes, speed, run traffic lights, and create numerous dangers.
Drivers of commercial trucks should know the signs of drowsy driving and get off the road when these signs occur. Common signs of fatigue include:
- Missing an exit
- An ability to remember where they have been
- Frequent yawning or blinking
- Driving on the side of the road
Commercial drivers are especially prone to driving while tired because they drive long hours often across state lines. They are under deadlines to get their shipment to the loading dock by a specific date and time. Goods that are perishable will spoil if not delivered on time. Inventory that does not get to the shelves on time can cause a retailer to lose customers. There are many other financial reasons why drivers fail to stop and get the rest they need.
Additionally, some drivers drive while intoxicated or under the influence of narcotics. Driving under the influence can cause driver fatigue. Some operators want to get home to a child, spouse, or family. Driving between midnight and 6am increases the likelihood of driver fatigue accidents.
None of these reasons is a valid defense or excuse. Our experienced Ohio truck driver fatigue lawyers insist that safety must always come first.
Who is responsible for driver fatigue accidents?
At Crandall & Pera Law, our Ohio truck driver fatigue lawyers investigate why the accident happened, whether any federal or local laws were violated, and who can be held liable. We often begin by reviewing the regulations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These rules require that truck owners and drivers both make sure the driver is not fatigued.
We review the driving logs to see when the driver began his/her shift, how long the truck was being operated, whether any breaks were taken, the exact hours of operation, and the route the truck driver took. Our firm investigates who owned the truck, what deadlines were in place, which companies were parties to any shipping contracts, and other relevant criteria.
Often, we can hold a business liable as well as the driver. This helps in our ability to collect damages when a jury verdict is made or a settlement is reached.
Get strong justice when tired truck drivers ruin your life
Drivers should know when to get off the road. Drivers, and the companies that direct their movements, should demand that drivers use all necessary precautions to make sure they get the rest they need. If you were injured or a family member was killed because a driver failed to obey the laws or failed to use reasonable precautions and care – our Ohio drowsy truck driver lawyers are prepared and eager to fight for you. We see clients in Chagrin Falls, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chesterfield, and Columbus and across Ohio. Please call 877-686-8879 or complete our contact form to schedule a free consultation.