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Hazards of driving an 18 wheeler while exhausted

Many families are devastated every year in the U.S. when they got involved in serious vehicular accidents involving 18 wheeler trucks. Moreover, families are in great danger when drivers of huge trucks decide to work beyond their work hours.

In 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that a total of 3,964 people were killed in accidents involving huge trucks. In the estimated 342,000 large truck accidents recorded in that year, 95,000 people suffered injuries. The website of the lawyers at Ausband & Dumont says that falling asleep behind the wheel is one of the unsafe driving behaviors practiced by truck drivers. Though the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) strictly regulate the “hours of service” rendered by truck drivers, some trucking companies or truck drivers themselves chose to work overtime. One of the infamous truck accidents involving an overly fatigued driver took place in June 2014 in New Jersey. A vehicle containing comedians including Tracy Morgan was rear-ended by a Walmart truck. The collision resulted in one person dying, and others being left with injuries. Morgan, who was critically injured in the crash, had his professional career severely affected. The Walmart truck driver involved had been charged after federal investigators learned that he was awake for over 28 hours before the collision took place. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Chairman Christopher Hart said Walmart did not have a well-defined “fatigue management program.” Treating injuries sustained in semi-truck accidents often is expensive and families who lost their loved ones in such incidents are left struggling with huge financial loss due to funeral expenses.

Aside from careful screening, truck companies should also provide proper training programs to their drivers for them to promote safety on the road. Fatigued truck drivers who are involved in accidents often are incapable of compensating their victims; however, a lawyer may possibly help truck accident victims get financial assistance if the driver involved was working for a company.

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