North Carolina traffic ccidents involving massive vehicles, like trucks, can easily lead to disastrous injuries or death, simply due to the enormous force of the impact.
There are many reasons why events might conclude in a catastrophic truck accident, which then often requires a victim to speak with an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney. Such incidents can sometimes be attributed to truck driver fatigue. Given the nature of their jobs, truck drivers might often ignore getting the necessary amount of sleep in order to meet delivery deadlines.
Researchers have discovered that the effects of sleep deprivation are remarkably similar to those derived from the use of drugs and alcohol. In other words, a sleep deprived truck driver may develop perception issues, impaired judgment and less than optimal reaction time. These symptoms may seriously endanger not only the truck driver, but also other motorists on the road.
Federal regulations require truck drivers to take an adequate number of sleep breaks between their hours of work. Regulations also require truck drivers to rest for a longer period of time between two different assignments. Additionally, drivers are required to maintain a trucking log documenting their rest and sleep breaks, which can be used to ascertain the overall mental capacity of the driver.
Nonetheless, sleep deprivation may not always be the cause of a truck accident. In some cases, a well-rested truck driver may not be able to avert an accident caused by an ill maintained or overloaded truck. A poorly maintained or an improperly loaded truck can lead to a catastrophic accident. Therefore, Federal regulations require trucking companies to regularly perform maintenance checks and pre-trip inspections in order to ensure the integrity of their vehicles.
In the unfortunate case of a truck accident, whether sleep deprivation is the cause or not, seeking the assistance of an experienced attorney can help set forth a legal plan of action in motion that will hopefully provide an optimal outcome.
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