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Trucker Fatigue Facts and Statistics
Because of the massive size and weight of tractor trailers, a collision with one is almost always catastrophic, often resulting in serious personal injury and/or death. The trucking subsector of the transportation industry is vital to the U.S. economy, accounting for a staggering $726.4 billion in gross freight revenue in 2015 alone–representing 81.5% of the nation’s freight bill. Unfortunately, because of the pressure to transport cargo quickly, fatigued truck drivers sometimes ignore and violate laws and recommended limits on the numbers of hours they are supposed to spend on the road — putting the general public’s safety at risk.
The phenomenon of trucker fatigue has been extensively documented and studied by federal road safety organizations within the U.S. DOT (Department of Transportation), such as the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) and the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). In fact, the DOT issued a report indicating that over 4,000 people die each year as a result of truck accidents primarily caused by driver fatigue. In addition to fatigued drivers, truck accidents are also caused by DUI and drug use, speeding, distracted driving, and illegal maneuvers.
If you were injured in an automobile accident involving a commercial or passenger truck, or if you are the spouse or relative of a wrongful death victim, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain, suffering, and financial losses. The Elan Law Firm’s experienced New York and Washington, DC truck accident lawyers will negotiate with the insurance company and, if necessary, take appropriate legal action to recover damages. Contact The Elan Law Firm today for a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer to discuss your case. We will make sure you receive the significant compensation you deserve.
What Should I do at the Scene of a Truck Accident?
- Remain calm and turn your hazard lights on.
- Immediately call 911. Police reports are critical and are relied upon by insurance companies and the courts when awarding financial compensation.
- Seek immediate medical attention for any injured drivers or passengers–even if the injuries appear minor. Documentation by a medical professional is pertinent to future legal cases.
- Do not move the vehicles until the police arrive.
- Do not leave the scene of the accident.
- Collect names, addresses, and phone numbers of all parties involved, including any witnesses.
- Take photographs of the accident scene and any injuries sustained.
- Get copies of the truck driver’s name, insurance card, the license plate of the vehicle.
- Immediately report the accident to your insurance company.
- Contact the New York and Washington, DC truck accident lawyers at The Elan Law Firm
What Should I do if Someone From the Trucking Company or Their Insurance Company Calls Me?
- Do not make a recorded statement. Contact your lawyer immediately.
- Do not sign any documents sent to you by the trucking company or the insurance company
- Immediately contact an experienced truck accident lawyer at The Elan Law Firm for a free consultation
What Should I do in the Days After the Accident?
- Obtain a copy of the accident/police report
- Obtain a property damage valuation by your insurance company
- Obtain a copy of any medical documents
- Keep a record of any missed days of work and lost wages
- Do not accept any settlement offer from the trucking company or insurance carrier before consulting with an experienced truck accident lawyer at The Elan Law Firm for a free consultation to discuss your case