Most drivers in the Los Angeles area have probably had times when they felt pretty tired while behind the wheel. After all, many people are involved in daily commutes either early in the morning or after a long, hard day of work. Unfortunately, drivers who are drowsy while behind the wheel can put all other drivers and passengers on the road in danger.
This is particularly true when it comes to truck drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2017 alone, almost 800 deaths in traffic accidents in America were directly attributed to drowsy driving. Beyond that one year, from 2011 to 2015, NHTSA statistics show that over 4,100 people in America died due to drowsy driving accidents.
Needless to say, drowsy driving is a serious concern. For truck drivers in particular, who may feel forced to work long hours to make delivers on time, drowsy driving can be especially dangerous. Truck drivers are supposed to comply with stringent federal regulations related to the amount of time they can spend behind the wheel. Unfortunately, some truck drivers fail to comply, and truck accidents are the result.
Anyone in the Los Angeles area who has been involved in a truck accident, particularly one that may have been caused by a drowsy truck driver, may have legal options. By pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, the injured victim may be able to recover financial compensation. If you have questions regarding your case, it might be wise to contact an attorney.