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Truck Accidents From Driver Fatigue

Many motorists have had the experience of attempting to drive even while tired, but the risks are dramatically increased when the person is behind the wheel of a commercial truck. Because truck drivers are often on strict deadlines and spend several hours on roads all over America, they frequently attempt to battle through spells of fatigue in order to get cargo to a destination.

When a truck driver is operating without sufficient rest, it can result in the following hazards to other motorists in Pennsylvania:

  • Aggressive Behaviors
  • Decreased Reaction Time
  • Impaired Driving Skills
  • Lack of Focus
  • Memory Issues
  • Poor Judgment
  • Reduced Reflexes
  • Susceptible to Drifting
  • Unsafe Driving Speeds

If the driver of a commercial vehicle dozes off or falls asleep at the wheel, it can result in a serious crash. These types of accidents can kill innocent people, and even those who are fortunate enough to survive may sustain any number of devastating injuries that require several months, years, or even a lifetime of rehabilitation.

The drivers themselves may be liable in these cases if they were falsifying data in their logbooks to cover up their lack of sleep. Trucking companies can also be responsible if they encouraged drivers to stay behind the wheel while fatigued, possibly by offering bonuses for early arrivals or paying drivers by the hour or mile.

In these cases, trucking companies will be quick to dispose of incriminating evidence. Many have attorneys who will immediately be sent to the scenes of crashes to find ways to reduce the liability of trucking companies.

It is important for any person who suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in a tractor trailer accident to seek the help of Ciccarelli Law Offices right away so key evidence can be preserved.

Our skilled West Chester truck accident lawyers work as a team to build the strongest possible case by fully investigating the circumstances behind these accidents. We understand the financial strain that these injuries place on individuals, which is why we represent clients on a contingency fee basis so the people we serve do not have to be concerned with paying us anything unless we get them compensation.

Call (610) 719-3190 today to set up a free consultation that will let our firm review your case. We help residents of communities throughout Chester County, Montgomery County, Lancaster County, Delaware County, and Philadelphia County.