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The Effects Of Drowsy Driving By A Semi-Truck Driver

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Close to 5,000 people lose their lives in semi-truck accidents each and every year in the U.S. alone. The bad news is that most of the deaths are of people in cars and passenger vehicles, because a semi-truck provides more safety in crashes. Statistics show that more than 80% of those 5,000 annual semi-truck accident-caused fatalities are attributed to people in cars and passenger vehicles.

The Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS) estimated that 64% of major truck accidents with heavy fatalities involve tractor-trailer trucks that are pulling one trailer, while only 4% of these accidents involved a multi-trailer vehicle. One of the major causes of such crashes is drowsy driving which itself can be caused by:

  • Driver tiredness and fatigue
  • Distracted driving
  • Overstressing or overworking
  • Or highway hypnosis

Driver drowsiness occurs mainly because, in most cases, semi-truck drivers are paid by the mile and they want to get their job done as fast as possible which means skipping vital rest time. Without leaving the wheel for a while every now and then, the driver might get tired and sleepy and make a fatal mistake. If you sustained injuries in a semi-truck accident through no fault of your own, you might be eligible to recover damages such as:

  • Medical costs
  • Wage loss
  • Potential future income loss

In order to do that you will need an excellent truck accident lawyer. The attorneys at the law offices of Mitch Grissim & Associates will take the time to look at your case, and figure out responsible parties and all of the relevant damages. Our experienced truck accident lawyers have a great track record dealing with such cases. We will fight for you and make sure you get the compensation you deserve!

Contact us today for a free legal consultation!

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