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Report states fatalities increasing in trucking accidents

Increase in fatal trucking accidents across the U.S. has officials concerned.
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    December 20, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Report states fatalities increasing in trucking accidents

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Most motorists have little time to prepare for an auto accident. They may recognize that a crash is about to happen a split-second before it actually occurs. In some cases, this may give them just enough time to perform a maneuver to avoid the crash, but in most cases, they are unable to prevent the collision. If the accidents involve larger vehicles, it might lead to very serious injuries for those in passenger cars.

A new report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently examined the number of motor vehicle accidents that occurred in 2012. The NHTSA states that nearly 4,000 fatalities have happened in accidents involving larger vehicles, which includes semi- trucks. This is almost a four percent increase over the amount of deaths caused in 2011 crashes.

This increase comes in spite of many efforts aimed at reducing the amount of serious trucking accidents happening on roadways throughout the country. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the agency responsible for regulating the trucking industry, has implemented several safety initiatives over the past decade to try to improve safety for both truck drivers and other motorists.

One recent change has proved to very controversial, even though it may lead to fewer accidents caused by fatigued truck drivers. The FMCSA has passed new hours of service rules which specify the amount of time that a driver may be behind the wheel. Truck drivers are now required to have a 34-hour rest period in order to restart their work weeks. This includes two consecutive nights where the driver is sleeping from 1 A.M. to 5 A. M.

Some in the trucking industry feel that these changes have actually increased the risk of an accident occurring. However, these rules only recently went into effect, so their true impact on the rate of accidents may not be known for some time.

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss your next steps. An attorney will be able to determine which parties were responsible for the crash, and help you pursue compensation from these individuals.

This can be a very confusing time for you, and you may have questions about settlement offers that you are receiving from insurance companies. It is important that you refrain from accepting any of these offers until you have a very clear picture regarding the type of treatment you will need, and the costs associated with this medical care.

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