A recent video has emerged of a truck driver accident caught on tape in Florida, which occurred late last year. Dash camera footage from inside the truck’s cabin shows the driver dozing off seconds before slamming into two cars on the side of the road, along with a person changing their tire. As a result, the individual was pinned up against a retaining wall and injured.
Watch the video below:
According to the incident report, the truck driver initially told authorities his front tire blew out, causing the crash. The drivers’ statements were inaccurate, as the dash camera footage revealed. Attorneys for the individual pinned during the accident plan to take the case to trial.
Truck Driver Fatigue Is A Systemic Problem
Sadly, this incident is not uncommon, and truck driver fatigue is a systemic problem plaguing our nation’s highways. Many factors can contribute to truck driver exhaustion, and here are some key findings regarding this issue:
- 56% of truck drivers have at least one six-minute interval of drowsiness while driving
- Drivers sleep for an average of 4.78 hours, or about 2 hours less than their reported average ideal sleep
- Roughly 50% of all truck accidents involving driver fatigue occur between midnight and 8:00 a.m.
- According to the National Safety Council, the effects of fatigue on a driver are comparable to having a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%, which is the U.S. legal limit.
Suppose you have been involved in an accident involving a semi-truck or tractor-trailer rig and suffered injuries. In that case, our experienced attorneys will be able to determine if the driver who hit you was too tired to drive in several ways, including determining if they violated federal hours of service regulations. Your lawyer will review the driver and motor carrier’s hours of service records, compare the trucker’s records to the truck’s black box, and compare the trucker’s records to the truck’s GPS data.
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