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FREEWAY COLLISIONS INVOLVING INTERSTATE TRUCKS ARE GOVERNED BY FEDERAL LAW

Interstate trucking is an essential fixture to our country’s economic well-being. For this reason, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Administration governs it.

One out of every nine traffic fatalities involves a truck wreck. Every year, thousands of fatalities occur as a result of truck accidents. Innocent people are losing their lives and hundreds of thousands of others are being severely injured. Although the causes of these catastrophes are repetitive nothing is being done to stop them. All too often, a tired driver or fatigued driver who has been driving for too many consecutive hours without any rest is behind the wheel during a fatal semi truck accident. Sometimes it is because the driver is inexperienced or was poorly trained, and rushed into service. The reasons can be related to a driver’s specific careless style of speeding, aggressive driving, or failure to follow simple traffic laws. In some of the worst cases drivers were under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

If not the fault of the driver, some causes of these fatal accidents are related to the vehicle itself. The truck could be insufficiently maintained causing the brakes to malfunction. Another mechanical issue is hazardous safety systems, reflectors, lights or other warning devices. Overloaded cargo and oversized trucks have also been the culprits in some wrecks.

Bad driving conditions are another problem. Poor visibility while driving in fog, rain or snow, or lack of traction because of those same reasons have caused many collisions. Read this article on dangerous highways to learn steps to avoid collisions in these conditions. These factors are important in the investigation of all truck accidents to assure a full and complete recovery for the victim. Please call us to help, 1 888 752-7474 or Contact Us Page.

 

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