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A Closer Look At Sleep Related Trucking Deaths

Florida roads are among the busiest in the nation, due in large part to the state’s high population numbers. Accidents are all too common, and each day in Florida dozens of major accidents occur – along with hundreds of smaller ‘fender benders’. Among the most dangerous accidents that can occur are trucking accidents – those serious auto accidents involving tractor-trailer trucks. There are over 10.5 million trucks on American roads at any given moment, and Florida has its fair share of them traveling each day.

  • • More than 3,000 people die from truck related accidents each year
  • •The number of fatalities increase annually
  • •Damages from truck related accidents reach millions of dollars each year

The reason for the more serious nature of truck accidents is simple – their larger size means that they can do major damage to smaller automobiles. In fact, the number of fatalities that have occurred as a result of truck related accidents has steadily increased over the last decade. One of the biggest reasons for that is simply that the drivers are overworked and overtired.

Drivers of large trucks essentially earn more money the more that they drive. The more miles they log and the more drive time they get in, the more they make. As a result, drivers consistently try to drive when they’re too tired to safely do so.

Sleep-related truck accidents are caused when a driver falls asleep behind the wheel, and these accidents kill thousands each year throughout the country. In fact, a recent study found that around 13% of all truck related accidents are actually caused by drivers who are drowsy and tired.

There are regulations in place to try to reduce this problem.

The FMCSA has very clear rules in place that include:

  • •Truck drivers are required to rest for at least 34 consecutive hours after any 70 hour work week
  • •Commercial drivers can’t drive for more than 11 hours each day
  • •Drivers must take at least a 30 minute break at some point within any eight hour period of time

The goal is obvious – to keep drowsy drivers off the road. However, it doesn’t always work and each day numerous drivers break these rules and head out onto Florida roads. If you’re involved in an accident with one of these drivers, you could suffer serious injuries that will impact your life in numerous ways. If that happens, contacting a skilled truck accident lawyer is in your best interests.

A good attorney will work to prove that the driver was negligent and reckless by driving during a period of time when he or she wasn’t supposed to do so. In many cases you will have a case not only against the driver, but against the trucking company they work for as well.

Insurance companies will work hard to keep you from seeking your compensation, but there are numerous tools a good lawyer will be able to use to combat them in the courts. For example, each trucker is required to keep a log of their hours driven. If those logs are inaccurate, not completed, not present, or show that they are breaking regulations, the trucking company could be liable as well. And thanks to modern technology, it’s even easier to prove negligence. Most trucks today have ‘black boxes’ inside that actually monitor things like drive time.

Recovery can be difficult, but you do have rights. Getting help from a professional truck accident attorney could be the best thing you do for yourself following a truck related accident. Don’t hesitate to find a good lawyer and find out more about your rights.

Attorney David Goldman has a strong belief that everyone should be treated fairly and those with the means should do what they can to bring justice in all areas of our society. That belief has led him to help Florida's injured from being taken advantage of by corporations and insurance companies. Since 1989 David Goldman has been fighting for the rights of Floridians both as an attorney and by personally supporting our community.

A Closer Look At Sleep Related Trucking Deaths

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