A Sleepy Truck Driver Hit My Car, Now What?
Truck drivers drive on long haul runs across the country and this makes them susceptible to falling asleep at the wheel. What this means is that a sleepy (or asleep) truck driver at the wheel is in or out of control of a very dangerous heavy vehicle. A truck that has a driver who has fallen asleep can be a lethal machine on the highways and roads of this country. Anyone who is injured in an accident with a sleepy truck driver may sustain serious, lasting and permanent injuries. Some of these crashes with sleepy truck drivers cause immediate fatalities as well.
If a sleepy truck driver has hit your vehicle, you will want to bring a lawsuit for your personal injuries. A sleepy truck driver is going to be fully at fault for any accident that has occurred with their truck.
The trucks need more room to stop on the road, especially if they are traveling at excessive speeds. If a truck hits a car, all of the physical force of the truck will be transferred to the car, and it will be a horrific accident with severe injuries. A semi-truck can squash a car as it hits the car, rolls over onto the car or pushes the car out into another lane of traffic, or into a static solid barrier. There is no getting away from a tractor trailer that is not being operated by a sleepy driver, which is a driver sitting in the cab of an out-of-control vehicle.
Truck drivers are supposed to be trained to recognize when they are sleepy, and to pull the truck over to take a rest when this occurs.
If a truck driver becomes drowsy, the following protocols should be in effect:
- Seek out appropriate areas for resting and parking the truck if falling asleep
- Follow employer work safety programs designed to advise what to do if sleepy at the wheel
- Use drowsy-alert systems on the truck to stop drivers from continuing if falling asleep
- Put drivers who fall asleep at the wheel on probation or terminate them from their jobs
The personal injuries suffered from an accident with a truck or semi-tractor trailer will be serious. These injuries could include sustaining a:
- Broken bones
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back pain
- Lumbar spine injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
New Jersey Truck Accident Personal Injury Law Firm
If you have personal injuries from being in an accident with a truck driver who fell asleep at the wheel, give Sarofiem & Antoun a call at (201) 792–3333. We are here for you to go over your case and discuss your next steps to getting the fairest proceedings that you deserve. If you were hit by a sleepy truck driver, that accident is not your fault and the insurance company should pay. You will want to talk to attorneys who know how to navigate the court system and help you to have fair dealings based on your specific situation. Call now, we are standing by to take that call. You are not alone, just let us know how we can assist you.