Truck Drivers’ Fatigue Causing Fatal Truck Accidents
The accident that changed the industry only 5 months ago:
In Springfield, Missouri, a man left for his usual truck route early in the morning, driving 11 straight hours. Unfortunately, in Miami, Oklahoma, disaster struck. A fatal truck accident that caused over 10 deaths. However, the 76 year old driver walked away unscathed.
The cause of the accident was fatigue.
Federal laws changed the max. workload as a result of the accident: drivers are no longer able to drive more than 11 consecutive hours and must stop for at least a 30 minute break. The maximum work-week for truckers was changed from 85 to 70 hours a week.
And while the trucking industry is attacking the legislation, trucking fatigue still accounts for a large portion of the 30,000 yearly highway deaths.
Just recently, actor Tracy Morgan was killed when his crew crashed in a severe fatigue induced truck accident killing many of his team members outside of New York City.
Goodwin & Scieszka would like to remind all drivers that if they’re driving long distances, then they should stop at a rest stop, motel, or some other place to sleep. Lives are more valuable than the few hour differential that pulling the all-nighter would yield.
And if you’ve been involved in a Michigan truck accident, then our Southfield, Michigan, personal injury law firm is here for you.
Why Hire a Michigan Truck Accident Lawyer?
Truck accidents are not the same as car accidents. There can be additional parties involved other than the driver and insurance company, and it is essential to contact a Michigan attorney familiar with the unique legal proceedings of big-rig traffic accidents to receive the justice and compensation you deserve.
If you’ve been injured in a tractor trailer accident you may be entitled to a settlement or financial compensation. Call our firm today and get the recovery that you deserve.
Our personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Goodwin & Scieszka are well-versed in other vehicle accidents, like boat accident claims and motorcycle accident lawsuits. Contact us to see how we can help you be fairly compensated.