America has an immense network of roads and highways that are used and enjoyed by the everyday American to travel as they please, but many these transportation corridors are also used by large commercial vehicles. If we had a way to do it all over again, we may have opted to separate these two types of traffic, but as it stands today, we must share the road with these large tractor trailers, big rigs, and semis. The people driving these large vehicles are commercially licensed operators and it is their job to drive the vehicle safely. These people are no different than the rest of us, and may decide to work late or clock some overtime to meet monthly expenses in the same way that we do. The only difference is we aren’t driving a multi-ton vehicle down the road!
Over 30,000 Americans lose their lives on our Nation’s roads every year. Of that total, 4,000 are killed as a result of collisions with a large truck, big rig, or tractor trailer. Often times it is the commercial vehicle operators themselves that are killed, and a significant causal link has been established with driver fatigue. If you have been in an accident with a large commercial vehicle, fatigue and negligence could have played a part and an experienced injury attorney in Fairfield can help you with your case.
Truck drivers are not afforded the same liberty as the rest of us when it comes to how much they can work every week. Because it has been proven that the human mind’s reaction times and motor skills are significantly reduced by fatigue and lack of sleep, the federal government felt it necessary to intervene and set rules and regulations regarding the operation of commercial vehicles. The U.S. Department of Transportation is tasked with regulating and enforcing commercial vehicle operation, and they have set strict rules governing the number of hours truck drivers can work every day and week, and this includes mandatory breaks and “rest periods”. The rules are very complicated, but to make it simple, truck drivers must have a 30-minute break in their first 8-hour shift and they must use a 34-hour rest period known as the restart once every seven days. Effectively, these rules in combination with a couple others limit the number of hours a truck driver can work to 72. If you’re like us, then you are saying WOW, that’s still a pretty long work week! The truth is, no amount of regulation will end driver fatigue and large truck accidents, and we all need to make sure and hold responsible parties accountable.
Accidents with large tractor trailers and semi trucks often prove fatal. The size and weight of these vehicles compared to the rest of the automobiles and motorcycles on the road make them far more dangerous in the event of collision. Injuries sustained during an accident with a large commercial truck can include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones and severe internal injuries. Fatalities occur at a higher probability in these crashes and they often involve multiple vehicles. People involved in these events often experience extreme anxiety and fear when they get back on the road and are forced to continue interacting with these large commercial trucks. The psychological trauma is damaging and lasting, often staying with large truck accident injury victims for years.
Call our Fairfield car accident lawyer at The Choyce Law Firm today for a free consultation. We can help if you were injured during an accident with a big rig – we fight to secure just compensation for those injured during accidents with large commercial trucks. We are Solano County’s leading personal injury firm and have a team of Fairfield car accident lawyers that will fight for you!
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