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Fighting trucker fatigue

When hearing reports of a traffic accident in Pennsylvania in which a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle is involved, it is not uncommon for you to wonder if excessive fatigue on the part of the truck driver may have contributed to the crash. Commercial truckers work many long and often lonely hours and this environment may well facilitate a state of fatigue while on the job.

Have large truck crash injuries increased?

When someone is behind the wheel, they may encounter many different hazards and could find themselves in a traffic crash for various reasons. Some accidents are relatively minor, but others can bring extremely significant consequences. Large truck crashes are especially concerning due to the sheer size of semis and other factors, such as trucker fatigue and difficulty slowing a large truck down. Moreover, data shows that in recent years, the number of people who have sustained injuries in large truck crashes has gone up.

Large truck wrecks at night

We have covered a number of topics related to truck accidents, from driver fatigue to poor maintenance. It is important to bear in mind that many other factors can play a role in the likelihood and severity of a large truck collision. For example, certain times of day may be more dangerous when it comes to traffic accidents involving large trucks. During the nighttime hours, a number of hazards may be present and an accident may be especially devastating due to low visibility and other factors.

How can I safely share the road with commercial trucks?

Driving on Pittsburgh roads can be even more of a challenge when large commercial vehicles are present. While it’s up to truck drivers to ensure they’re operating their vehicles safely, there are steps you can take to lower the risk of accidents occurring. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offers the following tips in this case.

Inadequate truck maintenance and accidents

From fatigue to intoxication, large truck crashes happen for all sorts of reasons. Some factors, however, may not always receive as much attention even though they are a serious concern when it comes to traffic accidents. For example, inadequate truck maintenance is a major problem and has been linked to many fatal accidents over the years. In Pennsylvania, and states across the country, some trucking companies fail to inspect and maintain their trucks properly, and those responsible for a crash that causes the loss of life or debilitating injuries should be held accountable for innocent people whose lives have been turned upside down.

Driving a delivery truck can be dangerous

Workers in various fields face many risks on a daily basis. For some, such as those whose job responsibilities mostly consist of driving, work can be particularly hazardous. Delivery truck drivers may become injured due to lifting heavy objects and repeatedly bending over for long periods of time. However, driving a delivery truck can be risky in and of itself. Sadly, many delivery truck drivers have sustained serious injuries and some have even passed away due to accidents that took place while they were behind the wheel.

Distracted driving and large truck collisions

Large truck crashes happen for many reasons, including fatigue, the use of alcohol and prescription medication as well as speeding. However, distracted driving is especially concerning and has resulted in many large truck wrecks over the years. When someone who is driving a large truck becomes distracted, they may put many lives in danger, including their own. Sadly, this behavior continues to occur far too frequently on roadways across the country.

Mental trauma following a truck accident

The physical consequences of truck accidents can be incredibly difficult, whether someone suffers a severe laceration or a back or neck injury. However, many truck accident victims suffer brain injuries and these wrecks can also give rise to mental trauma that haunts victims in different ways. If you are struggling with any mental challenges after a collision that was caused by another driver’s careless behavior, you should stand up for your rights and know exactly which legal options you have.

Don't count on the trucker seeing your car

Pennsylvania drivers should always do a quick head check in addition to looking in their mirrors before changing lanes, turning or merging. For truck drivers, though, simply looking may not be enough. The Truckers Report notes that a semi-truck's blind spots are so large, even a careful truck operator could miss a smaller vehicle in the tractor-trailer's path.

The consequences of a truck crash while working

Employees face many challenges in the workplace on a daily basis. From discrimination and other rights violations to long work schedules, some workers have particularly challenging weeks. Truck accidents that occur on the job can make life even tougher for workers in various fields and these crashes may be more likely when a worker is fatigued or suffering from high levels of stress. In other instances, an employer may be responsible for a worker becoming injured in a crash or the reckless actions of another driver.

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