Although many truck accidents in West Virginia have the propensity to be devastating to the driver of a passenger vehicle, not all such accidents in the Morgantown area may be obviously the truck driver's or trucking company's fault.
As this blog has previously discussed, semi truck accidents can be devastating for a West Virginia family. Because semi trucks are large vehicles, they tend to inflict a lot of damage whenever they strike a private passenger car, meaning that serious and debilitating injuries or a real possibility in truck accidents.
As a recent post on this blog discussed, fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as drunk or drugged driving. A tired truck driver who chooses to keep driving despite needing or even being legally required to rest poses a hazard both to himself and to other motorists around him. Particularly on the hilly West Virginia roads, a fatigued truck driver can seriously hurt or kill or Morgantown resident.
Last week's post on this blog discussed how truck driver fatigue is a serious threat to West Virginia motorists, which is, unfortunately, all too common. However, in light of last week's information, some residents of Morgantown may want to know more about how to identify a fatigued truck driver. This information could help residents prevent serious truck accidents or, if they have already been the victim in an accident, be able to establish a case for liability and appropriate compensation.
West Virginia highways have plenty of semi-trucks driving on them both during the day and through the night. Truckers are, after all, under a great deal of pressure to deliver their shipments in a timely fashion, even if it means sacrificing food and sleep. One study confirmed that truck drivers do in fact sacrifice sleep to drive, averaging only five hours of sleep a night while on the road.
A driver should be focused on being safe on the road at all time. Maintaining proper control of a vehicle is important for personal safety, but also for the safety of other drivers. One improper lane merge could lead to a massive vehicle pile-up with significant injuries. Traffic often can get backed up for miles because of a truck wreck. Irresponsible aggressive driving can lead to disastrous results on West Virginia roads. A negligent driver could cause significant damage to you and your family.