Recognizing Truck Driver Fatigue Can Prevent Injury Accident

When a Southern California truck accident occurs, the injuries are often devastating. A semi-truck's weight alone is enough to crush a vehicle, or cause it to be thrown from the road or roll over.

And unfortunately, many times California truck accident injuries could have been prevented if the driver were not in a drowsy state. Long hours on the road and the urgency to meet deadlines can mean a lack of sleep and inattention behind the wheel.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, truck drivers are four and a half times more likely to be involved in an accident related to drowsy driving than drivers of other types of vehicles.
There are tell-tale signs that can tip off other drivers that a truck driver is driving drowsy, and the experienced Southern California truck accident injury lawyers at Steinberg urge drivers to learn about these signs in order to prevent a potentially fatal accident.

Let's take a look at how to determine if a truck driver is drowsy:
  • The driver brakes frequently, even though stop-and-go traffic is not present.
  • The truck is swerving in and out of the lane. 
  • The driver speeds up and slows down at odd intervals.
  • The truck continuously veers towards the shoulder of the highway.
  • The driver appears to be nodding his head. 
If you see any of these things happening, call 911 right away and distance yourself from the truck before an accident occurs.

If you have already been involved in an accident, make sure to order your free copy of Steinberg's book, Seven Biggest Mistakes That Can Ruin Your California Injury Case, by calling 800-989-6385. Full of tips on how to protect your rights after an injury accident, this book is a valuable tool when handling an injury claim. You also can receive free advice by calling the lawyers at Steinberg for your free case evaluation, or by filling out this online form.
Peter Steinberg, Esq.
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney Since 1982