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Milwaukee personal injury lawyers, drowsy driving, dangerous car accidents, fatigued driving, driver negligenceMost people spend time on the road each day, and driving is such a habitual activity that the dangers are often forgotten. However, it is important to remember that anyone who gets behind the wheel has a duty to protect the safety of those who use the road. Unfortunately, drivers can neglect this duty and act in a manner that puts themselves and others in danger. One of the most common ways that people do so is driving while drowsy, which can lead to serious and often fatal car accidents.

The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that around 800 fatalities occur in the United States every year due to drowsy driving. However, other studies have suggested that the problem is even more widespread, and fatigued driving may be a factor in as many as 1.2 million car accidents every year, leading to up to 8,000 deaths and 500,000 injuries.

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Milwaukee truck accident attorney, truck accidents, drowsy driving, truck driver fatigue, motor vehicle collisionsThe roads of the United States are filled with 18-wheelers and tractor-trailer trucks, and these vehicles provide an essential service for moving cargo throughout the country. However, the large size and massive weight of these trucks makes them incredibly dangerous to other vehicles.

Since drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles are at risk of serious injuries in truck accidents, commercial truck drivers must meet a number of requirements to ensure they are safely operating their vehicles. Unfortunately, failure to follow these requirements can result in truck driver fatigue, which can lead to deadly accidents.

Drowsy Driving Truck Accident Statistics

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Wisconsin truck accident lawyer, Wisconsin personal injury attorneyObstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a medical condition that temporarily stops a sufferer’s breathing while they sleep. This can disrupt sleepiness and often leads to excessive daytime sleepiness. This symptom, which can be caused by a number of other factors or conditions, is thought to be responsible for as many as 20 percent of all large truck accidents and as many as 9,000 deaths and 22,000 severe injuries each and every year. What is most concerning is that nearly all of those accidents (if not all) could have been prevented with proper diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Sleep Apnea

According to estimates from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, sleep apnea affects as many 26 percent of Americans. Unfortunately, many do not actually know they have the condition since it rarely wakes the sufferer up enough that they register the disruption. Instead, they must be able to register their daytime sleepiness and/or other symptoms as a side effect of their condition and speak to their doctor. From there, they undergo testing that will help their doctor diagnose and administer treatment.

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Wisconsin accident attorney, injury liability, Wisconsin truck accident lawyer, Wisconsin wrongful death attorneyTruck accidents often cause catastrophic injuries. Just like with other kinds of motor vehicle accidents, human error is often to blame for truck accidents, but understanding all the causes of a truck accident can be complicated. There may be several different people in addition to the driver who are partially responsible for a truck accident.

Understanding the Causes of the Accident

Under Wisconsin law, if you are injured because of someone else’s negligence, you have a right to be compensated for your injuries. Before you will be able to collect any compensation, you will need to prove who was at fault for the accident.

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Wisonsin personal injury attorney, Wisonsin car crash lawyer, Milwaukee car crash attorneyRecently, the country, like many around the world, sprung forward into daylight savings time, and in doing so increased drivers' risk for suffering a serious car accident. The spring adjustment for daylight savings time subtracts an hour from everyone's sleep, and some research suggests that the change in sleep patterns makes people less attentive drivers. This, along with other potential health concerns, has led to suggestions to remove daylight savings from the calendar, since it no longer serves its original purpose. Yet, some other research suggests that it may actually have beneficial safety effects from a traffic perspective.

Why Have Daylight Savings Time

In some sense, people observed daylight savings time for much of human history since strict scheduling and precise times were not kept. Instead, farmers would simply adjust their schedules based on sunrise and sunset. However, the advent of trains, which crossed the country and ran on precise schedules, led to a standardization of times across the world. This created problems because the standard times would not always line up well with the daylight.

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Wisconsin personal injury attorney, Wisconsin car crash lawyer, car crash, injuriesThe U.S. Department of Transportation reports that over 300,000 large trucks were involved in collisions in 2012 with 104,000 people injured as a result. This number of injuries was an 18 percent increase from the previous year. Injuries resulting from a truck driver fatigue accident can range from bruising and aggravated pain to severe injuries such as broken bones, and in certain instances, fatality. Safety on the road is the responsibility of every driver.

Traffic accidents involving commercial trucks typically occur as a result of one of the following:

  • Poor driver performance;
  • Violation of safety regulations;
  • Distracted driving;
  • Vehicle malfunction;
  • Driver fatigue.

One network news station recently broadcasted an expose about sleep-deprived truck drivers being forced to drive despite safety regulations, potentially causing dangerous truck driver fatigue accidents.

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