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Federal rest rules help prevent truck driver fatigue

A previous post discussed the danger of truck driver fatigue to Californian motorists. Indeed, a tired truck driver may exhibit the same behaviors as a drunk or drugged driver, which can lead to serious truck accidents. These accidents leave victims to recover from debilitating injuries, or even death.

Help for victims of truck accidents

Accidents involving commercial trucks can be life changing for victims. This is even before the involvement of truck companies, insurance companies and other parties that may make the period of time following a truck crash more difficult. Truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries to victims and the wrongful death of loved ones. As a result, a claim for damages can help truck accident victims recover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and wrongful death damages from the parties responsible for the accident.

How dangerous is truck driver fatigue?

Driver fatigue can be a serious concern for truck drivers and may result in truck crashes involving injuries and fatalities to victims. Fatigued truck driving can be dangerous for truckers and the vehicles they share the roadway with. Truck driver fatigue can be caused by a lack of adequate sleep, extended work hours, strenuous activities related to work or unrelated to work or a combination of factors. One study found that 13 percent of truck drivers were fatigued at the time of their truck accident.

Los Angeles-area truck accident results in injuries and death

Motorists frequently share the roads with large trucks. While this is the norm in society today, drivers still have their concerns regarding their safety and the risks these massive vehicles could pose. Truck accidents result in extensive harm to victims, which is why legal options are available to help them.

Truck regulations seek to protect the public from truck accidents

To help prevent deaths and serious injuries related to commercial vehicle accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation. Commercial vehicles are heavier and present an increased risk of danger, death and injuries on the roadways when truck accidents occur. Special regulations are associated with commercial vehicles to help keep the public safe.

Truck driver health linked to accidents and decreased safety

Truck accidents can cause serious harm to victims and their families. Skill, experience and other factors contribute to truck driver safety. According to a recent study, minor health issues can lead to an increased chance of truck accidents when truck drivers have three or more even minor medical issues. Truck drivers who have three or more medical issues double to quadruple their risk of being in a truck accident when compared to healthier drivers.

Federal rules aim to prevent drowsy driving truck accidents

In today's fast-paced world of commerce, companies in California face stiff competition from their rivals to get their goods on store shelves as soon as possible. This culture of competition and immediate customer satisfaction extends even to the drivers of semi-trucks, who are often encouraged either by their employer or by the all-mighty dollar to make their deliveries as quickly as possible. This, in turn, could lead semi-truck drivers to try to drive with as little sleep as possible, if it means reaching their destination sooner. However, drowsy driving can cause serious truck accidents that have the potential to injure or kill other innocent motorists. Therefore, federal rules have addressed when a semi-truck driver must rest and for how long.

Injured brothers sue trucking firm for failing to vet driver

Two brothers who were seriously injured in a 2014 collision with a semi-trailer truck in Mojave, California, have commenced litigation to recover damages for their injuries. The lawsuit has been filed in Los Angeles Superior Court against CRST, a trucking company that is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Bus crash highlights inadequate insurance requirements

The bus crash near Palm Springs that killed 13 people returning from a casino was the subject of a recent post here. The previous post focused on the investigation into the cause of the crash. A new issue has now arisen: Was the company that owned the bus involved in the bus-truck collision required to carry an amount of liability insurance that will afford adequate compensation to victims of the accident?

Federal court upholds truck driver e-log rules

The many big rigs and large trucks that use California's highways are subject to a variety of federal and state safety regulations. One of the most important regulations is the requirement that drivers keep detailed logs of their operations. Such logs can be an important piece of evidence in determining the cause of a truck accident, because they show the number of hours the driver was operating a vehicle between rest stops and whether an accident may have been caused by driver fatigue.

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