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Truckers Should Respond Immediately to Signs of Drowsiness

July 08, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Drowsy driving is never a good idea, but it is particularly dangerous for truck drivers.  When behind the wheel of a big rig, the driver is responsible for thousands of pounds of metal, enough to easily cause significant multi-vehicle accidents.  Driving a truck is also more complicated than piloting a small sedan, so even a momentary lapse in concentration or consciousness can be impossible to recover from quickly enough to prevent disaster.

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Drowsy Driving Poses Accident Risk

April 03, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

There are times when making it to a certain place by a certain time can seem incredibly important.  Whether trying to arrive in time for a baby to be delivered, or to visit a dying family member, many people will encounter a situation where pressing past the point of fatigue might seem worth it.  Truckers run into this question much more often than most, as meeting established timelines can be the difference in getting more jobs and having to scrounge to find work.

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Truck Driver Fatigue an Ongoing Problem

May 02, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A search on the website for the National Institute of Health yields over a thousand articles on the impact of fatigue on truck drivers.  Most of these articles deal with the increased risk of accidents associated with tired drivers behind the wheel.  The earliest of these articles dates to 1953, a clear indication that the problem with dangerous driving by fatigued truck drivers has been around for a long time. 

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Uber Fails to Pose Driver Limitations

September 29, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The role of driver fatigue in increasing the risk of motor vehicle accidents is well established.  The more tired a driver is, the more likely it is they will be involved in a crash.  Because of this, more and more businesses that employ drivers have begun to crack down on the amount of time an individual spends behind the wheel.

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No Excuse for Driver Fatigue

September 12, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Driving while tired poses significant risks, both to the person suffering from fatigue and to the other drivers on the road.  Fatigue has been shown to have as significant an effect on reaction times as alcohol.  A person who has not slept in 24 hours is as dangerous a driver as a person with a blood alcohol level sufficient to be arrested for extreme DUI.

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New Study Shows Drowsy Driving is as Dangerous as Drunk Driving

December 07, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

It is a well-known fact that drivers under the influence of alcohol have problems with reaction time, accuracy in response, and lapses in attention while behind the wheel. A new study by AAA shows the same can be said for drivers who have not had enough sleep. In fact, the less sleep a person has on any given night, the greater the chance that person will be involved in a motor vehicle accident.  

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The Dangers of Drowsy Driving and Driver Fatigue

February 02, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

What a comeback for Tracy Morgan. In the last five months the actor/comedian has made a surprise appearance at the Emmy Awards, hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live, scheduled a stand-up comedy tour and announced his involvement in a new television comedy pilot. What makes his return so impressive is what happened to Morgan on June 7, 2014 when he suffered a traumatic brain injury along with a broken leg and broken ribs in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that also took the life of one of his close friends, all due to the actions of a drowsy driver.

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Manhattan Attorneys Caution Against Driver Fatigue

July 16, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Public awareness campaigns can only make so much of a difference.  Decades after the creation of MADD, thousands of people still put others at risk by driving drunk.  MADD has made a difference, but there are still dangerous drunk drivers on the road.  And despite the best efforts of authorities to educate people on the dangers of driving while fatigued, thousands of people still do so, including truck drivers and operators of other heavy machinery.

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Fatigue a Leading Cause of Large Truck Accidents

September 02, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

According to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Transportation, there are nearly 500,000 truck accidents in the United States each year. Approximately 130,000 people are injured and 5,000 people are killed each year as a result of these accidents. In 98 percent of fatal truck accidents, the people killed were in a passenger vehicle, not a truck.

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