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What should I do to prevent a Rockford truck accident if I think a trucker is tired while driving?

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You’re riding on I-90 when the tractor trailer in front of you begins to sway back and forth. Suddenly it corrects itself and seems fine again. Eventually, you have to drive along side of the truck to get to your exit. As you pass, you look up and see the driver actually nodding off. Surely, if this trucker falls asleep, he could cause a Rockford truck accident, but what can you do?

Gather Information

  • Gather all of the information you can off of the truck, while making sure you stay safe. If possible, have your passenger write down the name of the company listed on the side of the truck, the license plate number and any other identifying information. Also take note of where you are driving, including the road and any exits you are near.

Ensure Your Safety

  • If you are anywhere near a tractor trailer that is operated by a drowsy driver, you are in danger. After you have gathered the information, do what you can to get away from the truck, even if that means pulling off on the side of the road. If the truck is driving out of control before or while you are collecting the information, do not endanger yourself by getting near the truck; get away as quickly as you can.

Call the Authorities

  • Alert the authorities and possibly prevent an accident from occurring because of the tired trucker by giving them a call. Call the non-emergency number for the police in your area and give them a full description of the truck, including all of the information you collected.

Truckers have difficult jobs, but that’s no excuse for causing a Rockford truck accident. Victims of these crashes are often left with excruciating injuries and costly bills, many of which the insurance companies will attempt to avoid paying for.

The attorneys of Fisk and Monteleone are on your side and want to fight for your rights. Contact us today to speak with an attorney about how we can help you.

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