Fatigued Truck Drivers Endanger Others on Virginia Roadways

Veteran Norfolk truck accident lawyers understand the dangers of driving while tired

Driver fatigue has been likened to drunk driving.  When you add this problem to the prescription, over-the-counter, and illicit drugs some truckers use to remain awake, you have a recipe for disaster. Many studies have found that a driver who is tired poses the same accident risk as one who has consumed three or more alcoholic beverages. No matter what’s behind a driver's fatigue, if you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident caused by a fatigued or distracted driver, contact the seasoned team at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers for help.

Motor carriers put pressure on truckers to drive when they shouldn’t

Few motor vehicle accidents are quite as dangerous as truck accidents. While there can be a number of causes of truck accidents, truck driver fatigue is one of the top 10. The reason is simple: Transporting goods is a highly competitive industry. To meet their demands, trucking companies often impose unrealistic schedules on drivers, forcing them to make an impossible delivery window to receive a paycheck.

Even though federal trucking laws prohibit truckers from driving for more than 11 consecutive hours without a break, many drivers cut corners to save time and ensure they’re paid. Fatigue can cause many drivers to:

  • Falsify their log books
  • Fall asleep at the wheel
  • Use drugs to stay awake
  • Speed or engage in reckless driving habits

All of these actions can contribute to a devastating truck accident.

Who is liable in a truck accident?

When you are involved in an accident with a fatigued truck driver, there can be a number of liable parties:

  • The driver himself can be held liable for violating federal trucking laws.
  • The company the trucker works for can be held liable for forcing its driver to meet impossible demands.

To determine liability, contact an experienced truck accident attorney from Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers. Both John Cooper and Jim Hurley have decades of experience investigating these cases, proving liability, and winning large verdicts and settlements for their clients. Trying to pursue a truck accident case alone will pit you against the powerful interests of trucking companies, their insurance providers, and their attorneys. You deserve someone on your side who can match the opposition and fight tirelessly on your behalf, protecting your rights and holding every negligent party accountable.

To get the information and advocacy you need, contact our dynamic team

If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by a fatigued truck driver, please contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers by calling 757.455.0077 today to schedule a free consultation. We are proud to represent truck accident victims throughout the Hampton Roads area, and we have offices in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia. (Please make an appointment before visiting our Virginia Beach office.) Our motto, “Your Injury, Our Fight,” holds especially true for families hurt by dangerous truckers all across Virginia, including the Eastern Shore and the Northern Neck.