San Diego Driver Fatigue Truck Accident Attorneys
People in our society are constantly on the go. In our busy world, it seems as if there is no time for sleep. As a result, there are thousands of fatigued drivers on the road every day. Fatigued driving is the leading cause of motor vehicle accidents in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are over 100,000 accidents reported every year that were caused by fatigued driving.
It is approximated that these accidents result in over 1,500 fatalities and 71,000 injuries every year. However, it believed that the actual number of fatigued driving accidents is much higher, as it is sometimes difficult to determine if driver fatigue contributed to an accident at the time it occurred.
If you were involved in an accident caused by a fatigued truck driver, you are entitled to compensation for the injuries you suffered as a result of the accident. However, it is a mistake to believe that you will ever recover the full amount that you are owed if you proceed against the trucking company on your own. Only by hiring an attorney with experience in dealing with trucking companies and their insurers can you be sure that you will receive full compensation for all of your damages.
Insurance companies have only one priority, and that is to settle your case for the least amount of money possible. Often, they will outright deny a claim, even though there is no good reason to do so. They could care less if the accident destroyed your life, they just want you to go away. They are only concerned with their bottom line.
Ross Jurewitz and his team at Jurewitz Law Grouphave fought back against negligent truck drivers and their insurance companies for over 20 years. Our priority is to make sure you are paid every penny that you are owed.
At [firm-name], our clients are our sole focus. We understand how a truck accident caused by a fatigued driver can turn your life upside down. We are here to help turn it right-side up. Our attorneys have secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts against negligent truck drivers and trucking companies. We know how the system works, and we have the knowledge and the experience to make sure you get what you deserve.
If you were injured in a trucking accident caused by a fatigued truck driver, be sure to contact us right away for help. We offer a free initial case evaluation and are available to meet with you at our offices in either Downtown San Diego or North County.
Do I Need Fatigued Truck Driver Accident Attorney?
Accidents caused by fatigued truck drivers can be catastrophic. It is easy to picture the damage a large truck or tractor-trailer can wreak on smaller vehicles, especially if the truck is traveling at a high rate of speed.
When the unthinkable happens, speaking to an attorney might be the last thing on your mind. However, retaining an attorney as soon as possible after your accident is the most important thing you can do to protect your rights.
Once hired, your lawyer can immediately begin to investigate your case. He or she can take steps to gather all pertinent evidence. This may include any, or all, of the following:
- Investigating the accident scene
- Obtaining the police report and ensuring it is accurate
- Interviewing witnesses
- Identifying all insurance policies available to pay your claim
- Researching the assets of the trucking company outside of their insurance policies
- Ensuring that the truck driver and trucking company does not destroy any evidence
- Speaking to potential expert witnesses needed to prove your case
Your attorney can also help make sure that all of your medical bills are paid, and that you are receiving the medical treatment that you need to recover from your injuries as quickly as possible.
Why Choose Jurewitz Law Group To Handle My Case?
Ross Jurewitz is San Diego’s premiere personal injury attorney, and one of southern California’s top trial attorneys. You can count on him to fight for you.
Ross earned his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego in 1997. He went on to obtain his Juris Doctor from the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC, in 2000. Thereafter, he returned to California to work on behalf of people wrongfully injured by the negligence of others.
Ross is licensed to practice in all courts in the State of California. He is also admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of California.
Ross truly cares about the community he serves. It’s what drives him and the reason his firm has become so successful. Recognizing this fact, Ross makes a point of giving back. When he is not in the courtroom, you can find him at a number of charitable events.
Over the years, Jurewitz Law Grouphas raised money on behalf of local organizations that serve people with disabilities such as St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center and Noah Homes. They have also participated in events to benefit St. Jude’s Research Hospital, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and the San Diego Brain Injury Foundation. Additionally, Ross dedicates some of his free time to educate students on the dangers of texting while driving through Teens Against Distracted Driving, or TADD.
Truck Accidents Caused by Driver Fatigue
Fatigued driving is a type of impaired driving. When a person doesn’t get enough restful sleep, they are at risk for fatigued driving. A fatigued driver puts their own safety and the safety of others at risk when they get behind the wheel.
Truck drivers are especially prone to fatigued driving. A study conducted in 2007 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the NHTSA found that truckers averaged a total of five hours of sleep per night. Adults, however, require at least seven hours of sleep every night.
The study concluded that truck drivers generally do not sleep enough hours for the amount of work they do every day. It also found that fatigued truck drivers are more likely to be involved in accidents that occur late at night or early in the morning.
In 2013, the federal government passed laws in an attempt to reduce the number of hours a commercial truck driver is permitted to work from 82 hours to 70 hours. The new regulations also state that a truck driver must rest for 34 hours before starting a new driving week. Furthermore, the rules state that truck drivers cannot drive more than 11 hours per day, and that they must take a 30-minute break during their 11-hour schedule.
However, truck drivers do not always adhere to the rules. It’s the nature of the business. Truck drivers are typically paid by the number of miles they drive. Furthermore, truck drivers are under extreme pressure to deliver their goods on time. As a result, fatigued truck drivers continue on our roads.
A fatigued driver can display the following characteristics:
- Poor decision making
- Slower reaction times
- Loss of control over the vehicle
- Decreased awareness of what is going on around them
- Delayed information processing
- Decreased ability to stay awake
- Inability to judge one’s actual level of fatigue
These characteristics of fatigued driving contribute to accidents. If you are a victim of an accident caused by a fatigued truck driver, you have specific legal rights to recovery.
If You Are a Victim of an Accident Caused by a Fatigued Truck Driver, Call Jurewitz Law Group Now.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a fatigued truck driver, you have a right to monetary compensation. You are entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. You are also entitled to be reimbursed for all of your medical expenses. If you are unable to work because of your accident, you have the right to recover your lost wages. To fully understand your rights, call Jurewitz Law Group now for a free case evaluation by calling (619) 349-1685, by filling out a contact form, or chatting with us live.