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How Truck Driver Fatigue Can Lead to an Accident

Yawning truck driverThe Texas Department of Transportation reported 15,676 commercial truck accidents in 2010 which involved tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, and semis. Contributing factors include truck driver fatigue, ignoring weather conditions, and driving aggressively or at excessive speeds.

Truck Driver Fatigue and Neglect

The State of Texas sees the highest volume of commercial truck traffic compared to any other in the nation. Truckers are responsible for transporting freight which must be intact and on time. This pressure pushes truck drivers to work from sun up to sundown, eventually leading to fatigue and drowsiness. The lines begin to blur, the lights go in and out of focus, and then an impact against an innocent driver — you — occurs.

Neglect and a lack of concentration also play crucial roles in the high number of trucking accidents on Texas roads. Long days and nights on interstates and highways can catch up to even the most astute truck driver.

Examples of truck driver negligence include:

  • Eating while driving

  • Failure to maintain the speed limit

  • Failure to adjust to adverse weather conditions

  • Falling asleep at the wheel

  • Speaking on a mobile phone while driving

  • Driving under the influence (alcohol and/or drugs)

  • Truck driver aggression (road rage)

  • Failure to follow state and federal regulations

Injuries from a tractor-trailer or 18-wheeler accident can be severe and excruciatingly painful during the healing process. We understand surgery, physical therapy, and possibly at-home care are essential for your recovery, so let us provide medical assistance in addition to legal representation. Attorney Greenway maintains working relationships with medical professionals to help clients like you achieve well-being after a tragedy.

Our Promise to You

The Greenway Law Firm in Austin believes negligent truck drivers should be both held accountable for their careless actions and brought to justice. With over 26 years of handling personal injury and wrongful death-related truck accident cases, Attorney Greenway will see that your claim is set into motion and promises to uphold your best interests. The defendant will be challenged with strategic legal and litigation tactics to achieve the best possible outcome for your case. The money you are rightfully entitled to will help you discover financial stability once again.

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In Travis and Williamson Counties, trucking accidents can occur in a split second. If you or a loved one were seriously injured, take action now. We are prepared to present your case with a direct, aggressive approach. Results matter at the Greenway Law Firm. Schedule a free consultation today.