Pennsylvania Trucking Accidents – The Impact of Drowsy Driving and How an Attorney Can Help

Pennsylvania Trucking AccidentsThe trucking industry is crucial to satisfy every individual’s daily life needs. We rely on the trucking industry to accomplish most things in life, such as purchasing food at the grocery store, purchasing furniture from an out-of-state seller (or any other goods purchased via the internet), getting gas for your car, and obtaining prescription medication, just to name a few. Without the trucking industry, these goods and commodities cannot reach us consumers. However, while the trucking industry is essential to interstate commerce, there is also a growing fear that truck drivers are not fit to drive long hours without necessary sleep and rest.

The Consequences of Drowsy Driving and Pennsylvania Trucking Accidents

While truck drivers are required to get a certain amount of sleep, it is often difficult to track an individual truck driver’s every move. Even with close monitoring, truck drivers may choose to drive beyond their ordinary work hours. These truck drivers are undoubtedly going to experience the side-effects of sleep deprivation, which include, but are not limited to, blurred vision, “road hypnosis,” nodding off at the wheel, swerving from one lane to the next, coming to a sudden stop, and unintentional acceleration. Such “side effects” of sleep deprivation can be deadly for other drivers and their passengers on the road. When truck drivers are not well-rested, drivers like you are the ones to suffer the real consequences.

Injuries resulting from Pennsylvania trucking accidents can range from relatively minor to severe, and can even result in death. Common injuries include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Broken/fractured bones;
  • Soft tissue injuries (torn muscles, ligaments, and/or tendons, etc.);
  • Burns;
  • Amputations;
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and concussions;
  • Spinal cord damage;
  • Paralysis; and
  • Death.

Truck drivers do take a significant portion of the blame when it comes to the cause of another person’s injuries. However, trucking companies, and the trucking industry generally, needs to continue its push to cut down on drowsy driving. Getting goods from point A to point B as quickly as possible can compromise the lives of innocent travelers.

When you or your loved one suffers at the expense of a truck driver’s negligent conduct in driving a truck without adequate sleep and rest, you should be able to recover for your injuries. The truck driver’s employer may also be found liable for your injuries by allowing the truck driver to drive without the required amount of sleep and rest. While no lawsuit can undo the injuries you and/or your loved ones have suffered, compensation can at least help to make you as whole as possible.

Contact the Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorneys of Lundy Law Today For Your Free Consultation

Pennsylvania and its surrounding states are high traffic areas with thousands of semi-trucks passing through city roads and highways on a daily basis. Given that truck drivers work long hours, it is no wonder that accidents are occurring due to exhaustion and drowsiness. If you have suffered injuries after being involved in a trucking accident, you may be entitled to compensation if the truck driver was at fault for the accident. With offices in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, the Trucking Accident Attorneys of Lundy Law have an outstanding reputation for helping their clients receive compensate that is fair given the nature and extent of their injuries. It is important to act quickly if you have been involved in a trucking accident. It is much easier to assess a case shortly after its occurrence to ensure all medical treatment is documented. Further, your memory will be fresher, and it will be easier to get an accurate account of all relevant facts. To discuss your potential case with one of our skilled attorneys, contact Lundy Law today by calling (800) LundyLaw to schedule your free consultation.