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Los Angeles trucking accidents caused by sleep deprivation

With over 500,000 trucking accidents occurring each year in the United States, the injuries sustained by victims lucky enough to survive are significant. Approximately 5,000 trucking accidents result in fatalities each year, with 18-wheeler trucking accidents accounting for one of every eight traffic deaths.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there is evidence that many crashes occur as a result of commercial vehicle driver error, and that driver error is often the result of inattention caused by fatigue.  Drivers struggling to meet tight delivery deadlines do not get sufficient rest to remain alert.  In addition, many truck drivers sleep in their trucks and suffer from sleep apnea. They awaken many times in the night, resulting in sleep deprivation. 

Types of Los Angeles trucking accidents caused by sleep apnea and drowsiness

Drivers with sleep apnea have compromised driving performance leading to increases in the risks of crashes. In fact, according to the Divided Attention Driving Task, a research test that mimics driving performance, individuals with sleep apnea perform, on average, as poorly as individuals whose levels of blood alcohol concentration exceed the legal limit. 

Statistics indicate that when drivers fall asleep at the wheel, the most common events are running off the road to the right (40.3 percent) and running off the road to the left (37.8 percent).  This can result in the following:

  • Drifting into oncoming traffic or departure from the road
  • Failure to follow rules of the road causing jack-knifing
  • Unsafe driving practices causing pile-ups

Los Angeles trucking accident lawyers can help

Many of these accidents are avoidable. If you were involved in a Los Angeles truck accident, you deserve to be compensated if negligence was involved. A Los Angeles trucking accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Carl D. Barnes can help you bring a case against the trucking company and/or driver. Your Los Angeles truck accident lawyer investigates the accident and analyzes what a truck’s GPS shows as the rate of the truck’s speed. Your Los Angeles trucking accident attorney at the Law Offices of Carl D. Barnes also studies logbooks to see if driver fatigue was caused by a lack of mandated rest breaks.

Contact the law offices of Carl D. Barnes, Los Angeles trucking accident attorneys, if you were seriously injured in a Los Angeles truck accident. The Law Offices of Carl D. Barnes is one of the top Los Angeles truck accident law firms