One common cause of truck accidents is driver fatigue. Since truckers are typically paid by the mile and expected to log significant miles, they often drive for extended periods of time without taking adequate rest breaks. Truckers know the risks of driver fatigue, but all too often they cut corners to make extra wages.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a negligent truck driver, in or around Boston, you have a right to be fully compensated for your injuries. For experienced and aggressive representation in Massachusetts, contact the Milton law firm of Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C. Our Boston truck driver fatigue accident attorneys will review your case for free, determine if you have justification to file a claim or lawsuit and if so, offer aggressive representation to boost your chances of recovering a fair settlement.
Our attorneys have the experience, resources, and commitment to protecting your rights. We seek maximum compensation on behalf of our clients for pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, lost wages, and other forms of available relief.
Since our founding in 1995, we have recovered more than $75 million in compensation on behalf of accident victims. We have successfully obtained compensation on behalf of thousands of clients in motor vehicle accident claims, including semi-truck and other large commercial vehicle accident claims. Our knowledge of trucking laws and regulations, the trucking industry, and insurance coverage issues is a decided advantage in truck accident claims.
Keep in mind that the consequences of being involved in a truck accident can be very significant. One factor often influencing how severe a motor vehicle accident victim’s injuries may be is the size of the vehicle with which they collided.
Commercial trucks are large and heavy. They, therefore, have the potential to cause much greater harm than smaller vehicles cause. If you are involved in a Boston truck accident resulting from driver fatigue, your injuries might require major medical treatment, they can prevent you from work, and they will likely result in long-term pain. The negligent parties responsible for causing such injuries deserve to be held accountable.
There are both federal and state laws technically regulating how long commercial truck drivers can be on the road before getting proper rest. However, it’s not uncommon for truckers to ignore these laws. Reports from truck drivers themselves indicate that many truckers feel immense pressure to reach their destinations according to strict schedules. When traffic or other such factors prevent them from doing so, they often drive for longer periods than is safe to make up for lost time.
The degree to which this puts other drivers in harm’s way can’t be overstated. Naturally, falling asleep behind the wheel will have a major effect on the odds of a trucker causing an accident. However, even if a trucker doesn’t entirely fall asleep, if they are fairly drowsy, they will be less able to safely operate their vehicle. Some research has even shown that driving while drowsy is essentially the same as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol in regard to safety.
It’s very important to monitor nearby truckers for signs of drowsy driving when sharing the road with them. Examples include drifting between lanes, applying brakes suddenly, and switching between quickly accelerating and quickly slowing down for no clear reasons. You can somewhat minimize your odds of being harmed in an accident caused by a fatigued trucker if you make a point of being aware of these signs and keeping your distance from trucks whose operators appear tired.
That doesn’t mean you are the only one responsible for maintaining your safety on the road. If a trucker harms you because they were not alert enough to safely operate their vehicle, the trucking company should compensate you for your medical bills and other such losses.
Often, commercial trucking accidents involve more than one negligent party. We aggressively pursue damages from every responsible party, including truck drivers, truck companies, and other negligent parties.
Granted, in a Boston truck accident resulting from trucker fatigue, the trucking company will usually be the party most responsible for providing a victim with compensation. However, other factors may contribute to an accident happening. For instance, if a truck’s designers or manufacturers were unreasonably negligent and overlooked a defect, a drowsy trucker may be less likely to notice warning signs indicating a vehicle is unsafe to operate.
That’s just one example. When investigating your case, our Boston trucker fatigue accident lawyers will consider who the other negligent parties may be to ensure all liable parties are named in your claims and lawsuits.
Any law firm can take cases where negligence is readily apparent and easy to prove. Our attorneys thrive on a challenge and take pride in their proven record of results in cases previously rejected by other firms.
We thoroughly investigate the cause of accidents and go to significant ends to prove liability and damages. Our approach is adaptable to meet the challenges of each case. We have the ability to use accident reconstruction experts, video reenactments, computer software, and other innovative means to prove that truckers were driving while fatigued or otherwise negligent. You deserve a vigorous advocate, and that is precisely what you will find at Colucci, Colucci & Marcus, P.C.
We work on a contingency fee basis in all areas related to personal injury law. You pay nothing to us unless we obtain compensation for you.
We are available for day, evening, and weekend appointments. Home and hospital consultations are available. To contact our Boston truck driver fatigue lawyers, call 617-917-3917. You may also contact us by e-mail.