For as many large trucks that we all see on the roads in Los Angeles and surrounding areas, it is almost a miracle that there aren’t more collisions between these vehicles and smaller passenger vehicles. However, the ones that do occur can be devastating, leaving victims with injuries that can change their lives forever, if they aren’t fatal. There can be many reasons that a collision between a semi-truck and a smaller vehicle might occur, but one reason of particular concern is drowsy driving.
Like many people, truck drivers often put in a lot of hours at work. However, unlike most people, truck drivers are behind the wheel of massive and heavy vehicles moving at high speeds. When they get over-tired, the mix of drowsy driving and these huge vehicles traveling on the roads with other people simply doesn’t mix.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tracks statistics about drowsy driving, among many other factors that cause accidents, injuries and fatalities on the roadways in America. According to the NHTSA, in one year alone – 2015 – 824 people died in car accidents in which drowsy driving was identified as a factor in the crash. In the four-year period of 2011 to 2015, a total of 4,121 people died in these types of car accidents.
All drivers, but particularly truck drivers, need to be alert and attentive when they are behind the wheel of a vehicle on the roads in Los Angeles and throughout the country. The failure to do so can lead to devastating injuries and even fatalities. Anyone who has been affected by a truck accident caused by a drowsy driver may have legal options.