Any driver who is extremely tired when he or she gets behind the wheel can cause devastating injuries and deaths. This is often the case with truck drivers. Due to the pressure to make good time from destination to destination, truck drivers frequently do not get the sleep that they need. If you or a loved one has been injured by a fatigued truck driver, you should take immediate action in order to protect your rights.
Our lawyers at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, have been handling truck driver fatigue cases and other trucking accident matters throughout our 60 years of practice. We take an aggressive approach to these cases, thoroughly pursuing compensation for our injured clients and their families. For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation, contact a personal injury attorney at our firm today.
Drivers Falling Asleep At The Wheel
Whether they have been driving all night or are not getting enough sleep in general, a driver who falls asleep at the wheel turns his or her truck into a deadly weapon. Even if a semi-truck is not loaded with cargo, it is extremely heavy and needs an alert, trained person in order to control it. Once a driver falls asleep and loses control of the truck, it can go in any direction. Whether the truck forces a car off the road and it subsequently rolls down an embankment, the truck crashes into a car, or the truck jackknifes and causes a multi-car pile-up, the truck driver may be held accountable for the injuries suffered.
Slowed Reaction Times Of Truckers
It is well-known, and has been proven in studies, that drivers who are fatigued have decreased reaction times. This means that if there is bad weather, if a car accident occurs in front of them or any other situation arises that requires immediate evasive actions, the truck driver is less likely to be able to successfully avoid making a situation worse. Other motorists and their passengers are likely to suffer a wide range of serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, serious lacerations and abrasions, burns, amputations and numerous other injuries.
Contact A Queens Truck Accident Attorney
To contact a Queens New York truck accident lawyer, call 866-679-2513 or 718-577-2573. The experienced attorneys at Futterman, Sirotkin & Seinfeld, LLP, offer free initial consultations to truck accident victims in Queens and throughout New York City.