Truck driver fatigue can be dangerous

Kentucky drivers encounter many tractor-trailers on the road. With major freeways crisscrossing the state, Kentucky is a mecca for transportation. Most of the time drivers are able to safely share the road with semi-trucks, but occasionally there are accidents. And, when it comes to accidents involving tractor-trailers, the aftermath of the crash can be catastrophic.

One major cause of commercial truck accidents is truck driver fatigue. Truck driver fatigue can occur when a driver has spent too much time on the road driving or they haven't had adequate rest between shifts. Driver fatigue can lead to unnecessary risks that may result in an accident. Truck drivers may feel pressured to meet deadlines and can therefore suffer from exhaustion and reckless speeding.

When a car is involved in an accident with a tractor-trailer, the people in the car often suffer serious injuries. Tractor-trailers are significantly larger than cars, so even a small accident can be devastating. If a family has been affected by a truck crash they may want to speak with a legal professional that is skilled in personal injury. An attorney can visit the accident scene and interview witnesses, review police reports and get the answers families need as to what happened to their loved one. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, funeral expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.

No one ever expects their loved one will be involved in a serious accident. Unfortunately, thousands of Kentucky residents are affected by an accident each year. It is important to hold negligent parties responsible for the injuries they cause to others, so that they don't harm anyone else.

Source: fmcsa.dot.gov, "The large truck crash causation study," July 2007

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