Driver Fatigue and the Risk of Car Accidents
One of the most common sources of truck and car accidents is tired drivers. Drivers that operate vehicles while they are fatigued are putting the lives of everyone around them in danger. When a tired driver is at the wheel of a vehicle, the vehicle is a potential weapon and everyone who shares the road is at risk.
A recent traffic safety study found that an individual driving with only four to five hours of sleep is as dangerous as a drunk driver who has a blood alcohol level at or above the legal limit. A drowsy driver who had only four to five hours of sleep is four times more likely to be involved in a car crash. Other studies have found that car accidents involving sleep deprived drivers are most common in the early morning hours.
If the driver is a commercial vehicle driver, he or she can be held responsible for the damages inflicted on accident victims. In some cases, the trucking company will be held liable and damages will be paid to the injured victim by the firm or company involved. There are strict regulations against driving while fatigued and driving over a certain amount of hours consecutively.
If it is found that these regulations have been violated, the injured victim is eligible for compensation including:
- Loss of wages
- Future loss of wages
- Medical bills
- Future medical care and more
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