You see large semi-trucks and tractor-trailers driving in and around Richmond almost every day. While you appreciate the work that truckers do, you likely shudder to think how dangerous one might become if he or she becomes fatigued while behind the wheel. The risks posed by fatigued truckers and the responsibility they have to stay alert has been detailed on this blog before, yet we here at Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks & Baechtold can attest to the fact that the desire to satisfy both clients and employers can cause truckers to overwork themselves. This raises the question of whether such professionals are left to determine at what level they believe themselves to be fatigued.
It is a well-known fact that truckers in America often suffer from exhaustion due to long driving hours. Similar to the shifts of health workers, trucking assignments can take upwards of 12 hours to complete, creating a physically and mentally draining environment. A large number of truck accidents in Kentucky occur as a result of this exhaustion. Although using amphetamines to stay awake while driving may seem a solution, the overall effects of the drug can be severely consequential.
Think, for a moment, of the feelings you experience when you pull alongside a large semi-truck traveling along Richmond’s roadways. You almost cannot help but feel a small sense of trepidation being so close to such a massive vehicle, given the potential for damage that it presents if you were to collide with it. Sadly, many of those that we here at Shumate, Flaherty, Eubanks and Baechtold have worked with have seen and experienced this destructive potential firsthand. Accidents involving large trucks can cause irreparable damages to vehicles as well as extensive injuries. The net result of these may be inordinate expenses that you are left to deal with.
Kentucky drivers who get into accidents with trucks may be more susceptible to severe injuries than those who get into crashes with vehicles that are smaller or similarly sized. For this reason, you should keep an eye out for signs of possible severe head injury.
Accidents involving a semi or another type of large truck happen for a multitude of reasons. Sometimes, a collision occurs because a truck driver was driving too fast, while others are caused by alcohol or drug use. Having said that, truck driver fatigue is a major problem in the trucking industry and it is important for everyone on the road to understand the risks that come with driving while dangerously tired in Richmond, and cities across the entire state of Kentucky.
After a crash with a semi, you may choose to seek recompense for medical expenses or vehicle damage from the commercial carrier involved. First, however, you and the truck driver accountable for the crash both have some responsibilities at the scene of the accident under Kentucky law.
If you regularly drive a truck in Kentucky, you may think that you do not need to understand why truck accidents occur in order to do your job. However, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute says that one of the best ways to avoid a collision is to know the most common causes.
During the cold season in Richmond, there may be road conditions that make driving more difficult than usual. For truckers, this might create a unique set of risks. As such, tractor trailer operators should know what precautions to take during the winter.