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Hennepin County leads state in truck accident fatalities

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collects and publishes various motor vehicle accident data for all states. According to their records for 2011, Hennepin County had the most number of deaths from large truck accidents of any Minnesota county.
 
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    December 31, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Hennepin County leads state in truck accident fatalities

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collects and publishes various motor vehicle accident data for all states. According to their records for 2011, Hennepin County had the most number of deaths from large truck accidents of any Minnesota county.

Five out of 52 truck fatalities took place on Hennepin County roads that year, representing more than nine percent of the state total and more than 11 percent of all automobile accidents in the county.

Hennepin County may find help in new laws

In the summer of 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacted some new guidelines that all truck drivers in the United States are to follow with the goal of decreasing the number of truck accident fatalities as a primary motivator. This may help Hennepin County residents in an ongoing effort to increase safety on county roads.

Based upon their data, the FMCSA has stated national goals of saving the lives of 19 people and preventing up to 560 different accident injuries and 1,400 accidents from happening with the new safety laws.

Focus on truck driver fatigue

Fatigue among truck drivers is a known cause of many accidents. The severity of truck accidents can be great and leave victims with injuries that can be permanent or even lead to wrongful death in many circumstances.

The government has now changed the number of hours that any truck driver can work, when breaks are to be taken and how many breaks are required for each working week. All of these rules are designed to prevent drivers from becoming fatigued, thereby improving their ability to drive safely for their sakes as well as the sake of all others on the roads.

The biggest changes include:
-No more than 14 hours in one day can be worked by a driver.
-No more than 11 of those 14 hours can be spent driving.
-Every eight hours of time spent behind the wheel must include a break of 30 minutes or more.
-Every working week must have a long break that covers the 1:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. time span on two different days and lasts no less than 34 hours total.
-A single work week cannot include more than 70 hours.

Before the new guidelines, a work week could include up to 82 hours. The 12-hour reduction is a clear way to see the focus on reducing fatigue.

Working with professionals is important

If you are involved in an accident caused by a large truck, there may be many different parties to work with in obtaining proper compensation. Working with an attorney who has experience in truck accidents is the best way for you to be fully protected.



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