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The role of truck driver fatigue in causing a semi truck accident

There is a reason why federal trucking regulations limit the number of hours that a commercial truck driver can spend behind the wheel each day. A fully loaded tractor-trailer traveling at highway speeds can quickly become an instrument of death and destruction when truck driver fatigue allows it to slam into the rear of another vehicle or have a head-on collision after crossing a center median.

A recent multi-vehicle accident on a California highway began when a semi-truck crashed into the rear of another tractor-trailer that had stopped because of traffic congestion. According to police, the truck that slammed into the rear of the stopped vehicle was traveling at speeds of 50 to 60 mph at the moment of impact.

Although the circumstances that might have caused the accident are still under investigation the police, it is probably safe to assume that the driver of the vehicle that caused the truck accident did not realize to apply the truck's brakes in order to avoid a collision. Under these circumstances, the possibility of an inattentive driver or someone suffering from truck driver fatigue is something on which the police accident investigation might focus.

Individuals injured in a semi truck accident might be entitled to compensation from a negligent truck driver. The truck company that owns the vehicle might also be liable if it can be proven that an unqualified truck driver was allowed to get behind the wheel by company officials. An Orange County personal injury attorney should be consulted about liability issues following trucking accidents in which injuries occur.


Source: The Press Democrat, "Fatal tanker truck crash closes Highway 37 for hours at Sears Point Road," Clark Mason, Nov. 18, 2015

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