Semi trucks are all over the roadways. These large trucks transport goods all over Michigan and to other states throughout the country. While these trucks are essential for commerce and the economy, they can cause deadly accidents.
It can be nerve-wracking to drive next to semi trucks. These vehicles have blind spots all around, which makes it difficult for truck drivers to see other vehicles. This makes crashes more likely to occur. Plus, semi trucks are 20 times larger than passenger vehicles. When these two types of vehicles collide, horrible things can happen. While sometimes the vehicle occupants survive, in many cases, the results are fatal.
In Michigan in 2016, there were 12,479 accidents involving trucks and buses. Of those crashes, 10,169 involved property damage, 2,194 involved injuries and 116 were fatal.
Truck crashes can result in multiple damages, including injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. These types of accidents can be very complex, though, which is why it’s important to call the Grand Blanc truck accident lawyers at Nickola Law for legal help.
Despite hours of service regulations, truck drivers are often pressured by trucking companies to drive for long hours. Because of this, fatigue is not uncommon. In fact, fatigue accounts for 40 percent of truck accidents. Truck drivers often work at times when they should be sleeping. Getting too little sleep over a number of days can cause a sleep debt, which can lead to fatigue after several days.
Long hauls, nighttime driving, irregular hours and tight schedules with insufficient time to recover can cause fatigue quickly. Physical factors can also cause fatigue. Poor health and fitness, such as having diabetes or being overweight, can make a person feel fatigued. Stress and other emotional issues can also cause fatigue. A sleep disorder such as sleep apnea can cause a truck driver to feel tired during the day.
Fatigue can happen even during the day and come about without warning. All motorists—not just truck drivers—may experience tiredness while driving. Some signs include:
Truck accidents are often fatal. Those who survive often must live with long-term or lifelong injuries. Medical bills can be expensive, so getting the compensation you need to pay for these expenses and other damages is critical.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, seek legal help right away. The Grand Blanc truck accident lawyers at Nickola Law are available to help you recover the compensation you need for injuries and other damages. Contact us at Nickola Law at (810) 767-5420 to schedule a free consultation.
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