Truck driver fatigue in MarylandFatigued Truck Drivers Put Maryland Drivers at Risk

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When you live or work in a large city like Baltimore, you are likely to see a number of commercial trucks on the highways at all hours of the day. All that driving can make truckers sleepy, and a drowsy driver is dangerous to him or herself and to other drivers. At Plaxen & Adler, P.A., we know how much damage and suffering an accident with a fatigued truck driver can cause. Our skilled personal injury lawyers protect victims in Baltimore, Columbia and throughout Maryland after they have been hurt in a collision with a commercial truck. We fight hard for our clients, so that they can focus on healing and protecting their families.

The effects of driving while tired

The National Sleep Foundation’s DrowsyDriving.org lists numerous causes for fatigued everything – from not getting enough sleep to disrupted circadian rhythms to the use of certain prescription medications, and everything in between. Their research also looked into the effects of fatigue and drowsiness on drivers, including:

  • Impaired reaction times and decreased vigilance while on the road
  • Impaired judgment, about distances, speeds, exits, etc.
  • Impaired vision
  • Impaired performance
  • Behavioral changes, including moodiness or aggression
  • Short-term memory problems

The difficulties truck drivers face in processing information could start with boredom – long hauls can be monotonous – and be compounded by fatigue. Attempts to curtail these behaviors and reactions through highly caffeinated drinks, “uppers” or keeping the window open may work in short periods, but they do not make a driver less sleepy or more alert.

The devastating results of a drowsy driver collision

Perhaps the most famous example of a drowsy truck driver causing a serious accident involved comedian Tracy Morgan, whose limo bus was hit by a fatigued truck driver. That accident led to the death of one of the passengers. Other serious truck accident injuries can include:

  • Traumatic brain injuries, leading to permanent brain damage or a vegetative state
  • Permanent disfigurement from scarring or loss of limb
  • Broken or fractures bones
  • Spinal cord damage, such as permanent paralysis
  • Permanent loss of vision or hearing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Hours of Service regulations are supposed to help decrease the number of fatigued truck driver accidents, but they cannot end them permanently. That is why Plaxen & Adler, P.A.’s personal injury lawyers so hard on behalf of truck accident victims in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. We know that you might be facing a life-altering injury, and that you are unsure as to how you can protect your family and your future if you cannot work while the medical bills keeping coming in. We will hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions, and seek justice on your behalf.

Fatigued truck drivers in Maryland can cause catastrophic accidents

Plaxen & Adler, P.A. provides aggressive and comprehensive legal strategies for people injured in truck accidents or collisions. Please call 410.988.4449 or fill out our contact form to discuss your goals with a Baltimore truck accident lawyer who understands the kind of help you need. We are proud to protect families in Columbia and throughout Maryland.