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Tulsa ranks sixth for truck fatality record in state

Semi-truck accidents are reported to lead to death 98 percent of the time according to the National Truck Accident Lawyers association.
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    January 10, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Tulsa ranks sixth for truck fatality record in state

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Statistics from the National Highway Transportation Safety Association show that Tulsa County had the sixth highest rate of fatalities due to truck accidents in 2011. The county was the site of 69 overall vehicular deaths that year and four of those were from accidents involving large trucks. That is 5.7 percent overall and that figure represents 3.5 percent of the state total for the same year.

Semi-truck accidents are reported to lead to death 98 percent of the time according to the National Truck Accident Lawyers association. For such accidents in which the truck driver is responsible, the causes can be many but truck driver fatigue is a common one. It is so common, in fact, that the federal government this year enacted new legislation aimed directly at reducing this factor.

An effort to save lives and increase safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association developed laws that change the amount of time a trucker can work in a given week and also adjusted the required break times. Overall, working hours have been reduced from a prior maximum of 82 in a single work week to 70.

Other changes include:
-Each work day can have a maximum of 14 hours worked.
-No more than 11 hours per day can be recorded for actual drive time.
-A minimum of 30 minutes must be taken for a break per eight hours worked.
-One longer break is required each week that is to last at least 34 hours and include two individual time periods starting at 1:00 a.m. and lasting until 5:00 a.m.

It is the intention of the FMCSA that these new laws will prevent much of the driver fatigue that has been responsible for some crashes to date. The agency's information suggests that 19 lives may be saved with these new laws. In addition, 560 injuries from accidents and 1,400 collisions are expected to be prevented.

Any truck driver, truck owner or trucking company that is found to violate the laws can be fined. Such fines can be assessed on any combination of individuals and entities as deemed appropriate.

Options for drivers injured in truck accidents

When involved in a wreck with a large commercial truck, you will often be dealing not only with an insurance company but the power of a larger organization. Given this, it is important that you also secure good representation. Talking to a lawyer in these situations is one of the wisest things you can do.

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