Tired Drivers Are Dangerous Drivers
Interstate truck drivers are paid in several ways. Some are paid based on the number of miles they drive, others on a point-to-point mileage basis, and still others get paid by the load or by the freight drop. Only a small minority of truck drivers are paid by the hour. However truck drivers are paid, one fact remains: For the vast majority of drivers, the more they drive, the more they earn.
This leads some truckers to drive longer than federal trucking regulations allow. Some try to stay alert by taking over-the-counter or illegal stimulants, but drowsy truck drivers still cause a significant number of accidents on our highways. A truck driver who is “operating while tired” is a danger to every person on the road.
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Konicek & Dillon, P.C., is a team of personal injury attorneys with extensive experience fighting back against truck accident injuries caused by trucker fatigue. If you or a family member have been injured by a tired truck driver, we can vigorously pursue results for you, including full compensation for medical costs, lost income and pain and suffering damages.
When representing you, we will examine all relevant information, including evidence of lack of sleep as reflected in the driver’s physical logbook or electronic logs as well as other factors, drivers or companies that may have contributed to the accident.
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As a team, we have over a century of combined experience. That experience provides us with insights into truck accident injury cases that can make the difference for you.
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Tired Drivers Are Dangerous Drivers
Lack of sleep slows reaction time and affects a person’s judgment. It can alter depth perception and the recognition of hazards. It leads to poor decisions by the tired driver. Other related factors can also lead to fatigue and impair driving abilities:
Driving soon after waking up — Many drivers work in teams: One drives while the other sleeps in the cab’s bunk. When the second driver gets behind the wheel, he or she may not be fully alert.
Driving on a nonregular schedule — A person who normally sleeps between late evening and dawn will naturally feel drowsy if he or she has to drive during the early morning hours.
Use of stimulants or alcohol — These can impair driving skills and adversely affect the quality of sleep.
As you can see, many factors can affect driving abilities in addition to lack of sleep.
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