Trucking crashes highlight roadway dangers

Truck drivers in Georgia and across the country are often driving extended hours in the dark on monotonous roads. This can leave them potentially at risk for serious truck accidents along with everyone else on the road. Passengers and drivers in other vehicles are particularly at risk because they are far more likely to die or be seriously injured in a trucking crash. Indeed, two crashes have drawn additional attention to the issue of truck driver fatigue and its deadly potential.

One North Dakota bypass was constructed to ease the amount of truck traffic going through a small town and improve highway safety. However, in October 2018, a semi-truck met a smaller pickup head-on at the bypass that had been constructed to prevent trucking accidents. This followed an earlier crash involving two 18-wheeler drivers crashing into one another in the same area, killing both truck drivers. In both cases, one truck driver crossed over the center line in the road, causing the deadly collision. In this area, most truck accidents are connected to the state's oil region, perhaps due to the volume of truck traffic connected to the growing industry.

However, truck accidents pose a safety threat across the country. In 2017, commercial truck drivers were ordered to keep an electronic logbook to record working hours. Truckers can work 14 hours of the day with 11 of those hours spent on the road. While trucking companies have emphasized that they prioritize safety, conditions of work continue to lead to serious truck driver fatigue nationwide.

People who have been injured as the result of a trucking accident may suffer catastrophic injuries that prevent them from returning to work and lead to massive medical costs. A personal injury lawyer can work with people injured due to someone else's negligence and help them pursue compensation for their damages.

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