Were You Hit By A Drowsy Truck Driver?
Truck drivers regularly adhere to extremely tight deadlines in order to make a living. Whether a trucking company is placing added pressure on a driver to deliver the cargo on time or a driver wants to make extra money by arriving earlier than planned, a truck driver who hasn’t had the appropriate amount of sleep poses as a dangerous threat. Since the maximum weight semitrucks can carry is 80,000 pounds, negligent actions of a driver operating such a heavy vehicle can cause severe injuries, even death.
At David Komie Law, our legal team understands how dangerous fatigued truck drivers can be when they share the road with other automobiles and motorcycles. With over 60 years of combined experience, our Austin injury attorneys possess the comprehensive legal knowledge necessary in order to protect your rights and obtain the justice you deserve.
How Dangerous Is Fatigued Driving?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that fatigued driving was associated with 72,000 collisions, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths in 2013. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s 2005 Sleep in America poll, 60 percent of adult drivers admitted to driving a vehicle while feeling drowsy, with more than 37 percent who have actually fallen asleep.
Warning signs of fatigued driving include:
- Difficulty remembering the past few miles driven
- Drifting lanes
- Hitting a rubble strip on the side of the road
- Inconsistent acceleration and deceleration
- Missing an exit
- Yawning or blinking frequently
Let Us Fight For You
Our Austin truck accident attorneys must thoroughly investigate your incident in order to determine if the fault belongs solely on the driver or the trucking company. These corporations are backed by insurance companies who may offer you a settlement in order to pay you less than you deserve. You deserve the best representation possible in order to obtain the outcome you desire.