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Sleep deprivation is a common cause of truck accidents

Sleep loss is one of the most common causes of drowsy driving

Truck accidents are all too common in New York. Each year truck crashes kill over 5,000 people and injure almost 150,000 more on our nation’s roads and highways.

When commercial truck drivers become fatigued from excessive daily and weekly work hours, their risk of crashing significantly increases which can result in serious injuries and even death. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), more than 750 people die and 20,000 more are injured each year from commercial vehicle drivers being fatigued or falling asleep behind the wheel.

In June 2014, comedian Tracy Morgan was severely injured when a Wal-Mart truck driver crashed into the rear of the limousine van that Morgan was travelling in on a New Jersey highway. On Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board found that the truck driver was fatigued, having been awake for the past 28 hours preceding the crash.

The two most common causes of truck accidents are:

  • Driver error – Trucks are intricate, incredibly large machines that require a great deal of care and training to properly operate. In some cases, drivers make errors because they have been improperly trained. Other times, properly trained drivers make serious mistakes due to other factors such as intoxication, sleep deprivation, or bad judgment.
  • Machinery malfunction – Trucks used to be much simpler machines. Nowadays trucks carry thousands of dollars’ worth of high tech electronics and machinery that they need in order to function properly. When the electronics or mechanical parts of a truck fail, it can lead to very serious accidents.

At The Perecman Firm, PLLC, we’ve seen truck accidents that have resulted in catastrophic damage. The size, weight, and limited maneuverability of commercial trucks mean that other, smaller vehicles can be seriously harmed when there is an accident. Having an experienced truck accident lawyer will be a key part of protecting yourself after an accident.

A knowledgeable truck accident lawyer can ensure that the investigation into the accident is as thorough as possible. At The Perecman Firm, PLLC, we know how important it is to have a comprehensive investigation, and work hard to get each aspect of the accident examined.

There are many different factors at play in investigating a truck accident. We will look at everything from the speed of the truck, to the truck company’s safety history, to the driver’s experience. Our experienced truck accident lawyers always find highly trained experts to investigate all of the facts and work to present them in a way that a judge and jury can understand.

Once a thorough investigation has taken place, and experts have been brought in to analyze all the facts, it becomes easier to make a case for what caused the accident. We work hard to present the facts in a way that supports your injury claim, even when the opposing party’s lawyer tries to paint a different picture of the accident.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a truck accident, don’t immediately settle for the terms offered by an attorney representing the truck driver and the trucking company. Contact a truck accident lawyer at The Perecman Firm, PLLC, today to learn your rights and to ensure you are protected.


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