Fighting Truck Driver Negligence
Because trucks are so much larger and heavier than the average passenger vehicle, the consequences of a truck driving accident can be incredibly severe, or even fatal. Their large size makes trucks especially difficult to operate, which is why if the driver does not take extra caution, the results could be drastic.
Truck drivers have a strict schedule they must stick to, leading them to drive for extended periods of time. This also usually involves driving late into the night, and early in the morning. With such long and late hours, it is not uncommon for truck drivers to experience extreme fatigue and exhaustion. In turn, fatigued drivers often have delayed reaction times and are more easily distracted on the road.
According to a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers are 10 times more likely to be the cause of an accident, in comparison to other contributors such as the weather, road conditions, and vehicle performance. Many people are aware of the black box that is used to assist with the investigation of a plane crash. The trucking industry is also beginning to implement such methods, by using a device similar to black boxes. This can be used to record important information such as how fast the truck was going, the driver's speed patterns, when the brakes were used, and how long the driver had been on the road. With access to such information, it is becoming easier to gather the information that is necessary to determine who is liable for the trucking accident.
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