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Truck Accidents: Driver Fatigue & Sleep Apnea

Truck driver fatigue is often the result of truck drivers spending long stretches of hours behind the wheel without stopping for the proper amount of rest and sleep, as regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). But pushing too hard to make unrealistic deadlines is only part of the reason too many truck drivers fall asleep at the wheel, causing serious and fatal accidents on our Connecticut roads and highways. Many truck drivers suffer from sleep apnea, which does not allow for a driver to get a proper amount of restful sleep. Falling asleep behind the wheel is a natural consequence of their condition, but few truck companies test their drivers for the condition prior to hiring.

Connecticut Truck Accidents: Driver Fatigue and Sleep Apnea Are Common

Successfully pursuing a claim for damages in a case involving truck driver fatigue brought about by sleep apnea requires an in-depth understanding of federal trucking regulations, the body's physiological response to the lack of deep sleep and presenting complex medical evidence in a clear and concise manner.

If you were injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident in Connecticut and you believe truck driver fatigue may have been a major cause, talk to a truck accident litigation attorney at Wocl Leydon. We are among the state's most recognized names in truck accident litigation.

We Prove Your Claim by Examining All of the Issues

Truck accident personal injury and wrongful death cases often involve multiple issues that must be explored and exposed while preparing a successful case. A case involving truck driver fatigue, for instance, might include complex investigations into matters such as:

  • Do the records indicate that the truck driver failed to follow sleep and rest regulations?
  • Did the truck driver stop for proper meals and hydration at the required intervals?
  • Did the truck driver suffer from diagnosed or undiagnosed sleep apnea?
  • Was the truck driver taking medication regulated by the FMCSA?
  • Had the truck driver refrained from drinking alcohol at the required time before driving?
  • Was the company aware of any medical conditions that would affect the driver's alertness?

Thorough and Driven to Help You Obtain the Financial Recovery You Deserve

Truck accident cases involving driver fatigue or falling asleep at the wheel often have many layers. Through thorough investigation and working with independent professionals, we pursue every strategy to determine whether the driver, the truck company or its independent contractors may share liability for your injuries and financial damages.

From our offices in Stamford and Bridgeport, our lawyers represent clients in catastrophic injury litigation cases throughout Connecticut. Call us at 203.517.0456 or contact us by e-mail to arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced Stamford truck accident lawyers today.