Arkansas 18-Wheeler Collisions & Driver Fatigue Attorneys
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Work life, family life, responsibilities, errands, Netflix, video games—life in the modern age can be taxing—and tiring. Unfortunately, our busy lifestyles can sometimes transfer on to our roadways in the form of fatigued or drowsy driving. It is a major problem throughout Arkansas, and it can cause horrific and tragic events. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA), estimates that drowsy or fatigued driving may cause up to 6,000 deaths each year.
While all driver fatigue accidents throughout Northwest Arkansas, Central Arkansas, and the Arkansas Delta, have the potential to cause serious injury or death (regardless of the vehicles involved)—drowsy driving an 18-wheeler truck can be especially catastrophic. The size and weight of an 18-wheeler truck, compared to the standard family vehicle, is massive. This size difference means that driver fatigue collisions involving 18-wheeler trucks are much more likely to result in serious injuries or loss of life.
One of the most troubling facts about trucking accidents caused by driver fatigue is that they are easily avoidable with proper policies and procedures. Unless they are an independent contractor, truck drivers are employees of a trucking company responsible for making sure their drivers are properly trained and monitored. Put more simply, truck drivers are professionals and they should be able to avoid mistakes like driving when they are too tired or about to fall asleep.
Unfortunately, long working hours and incentives for more pay may motivate commercial truck drivers to skip rest and complete their runs quickly. Further, dispatchers with deadlines and shipments that need to be made, may choose to push a driver beyond federal regulations, forcing the driver to go on little rest (instead of losing his job). Indeed, in many occasions, the truck driver who caused the wreck may be less to blame for injuries or loss of life than a trucking company that was trying to cut corners.
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At Keith Law Group we have the knowledge and resources needed to secure full and fair compensation for your accident-related losses. When you hire us, we will take swift action to investigate your accident and preserve critical evidence in your case. Our lawyers will pursue an aggressive case strategy designed to win maximum compensation as quickly as possible.