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A Columbia truck accident attorney with Auger & Auger can be on the scene of your accident quickly. When you have been injured, an investigation conducted by someone firmly in your corner is crucial. You are entitled to compensation as a victim, but your attorney will need to be able to prove several elements during your case. The more evidence we can gather, the better equipped we are to represent you successfully.
We know that truck accidents can be attributed to any number of causes and the aftermath can be even more devastating when the cause is preventable. Victims and their families have a difficult time dealing with the knowledge that a truck driver made poor choices that led to a catastrophic injury. One of these causes is drowsy driving — an entirely avoidable behavior that can impact lives in an instant.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 6,000 fatal crashes each year may be caused by fatigued drivers. They also say that commercial drivers are one of the groups most likely to drive drowsy. Sleepiness behind the wheel has been shown to have the same effects as alcohol:
For example, a trucker may be placed in a situation that requires them to avoid a collision. If they are dealing with a lack of sleep, they may not be fast enough on the brakes or even notice the hazard in time for a quick reaction. People can die when a truck driver doesn’t react in time to prevent a wreck.
A lack of sleep among truckers was such a problem that the government set forth new regulations in 2013. Today, drivers cannot work more than 70 hours per week and once the limit is reached, there is a 34-hour resting period mandated. Truckers have to call it quits for the day once they’ve driven for 11 hours (which also includes a half-hour break).
Drivers are legally obligated to abide by these regulations and they are also urged to demonstrate common sense. Frequent yawning or blinking, zoning out, and drifting from the lane of travel are all signs of fatigue. When a trucker notices these things, they cannot push on safely — it’s time to take a break. Everyone has their own remedy for waking up, from caffeine to cold air, but there is no remedy as effective as sleep.
Avoiding drowsy driving isn’t difficult — getting at least six to seven hours of sleep a night is a good start. As our Columbia truck accident attorney knows, steering clear of sleepy drivers can be just as easy. If you notice a truck swerving in its lane, passing over rumble strips or braking slower than they should, hang back. If you see the driver narrowly miss an accident or behave in a way that puts lives in danger call 9-1-1!
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, you have a right to compensation. These wrecks pack a big punch and may have caused catastrophic injury and devastating property damage. You should not be forced to make difficult financial decisions in order to pay for your healthcare or to replace your property. We will fight for you, using the knowledge and experience gained over nearly 50 years of combined personal injury experience.
At Auger & Auger, we believe in our clients and treat them with the care and respect they deserve. Part of this is our zero-fee guarantee. It is our promise to you that you won’t owe us a cent unless we win your case. A lawyer’s cost should never prevent you from seeking the representation that can change your life.
Call (803) 470-5298 today for your free consultation, with no fees due until recovery!