The Insider Exclusive analyzed five years of federal crash data. We added up the fatalities, county by county, road by road, during that period. And we found that between 3,500 and 5,000 people are killed in truck crashes on our nation’s highways every year. Although that’s the equivalent of a commercial airplane crash occurring every week, there is a general lack of awareness on the part of the motoring public about this problem.
Estimates suggest that fatigue is a major factor in up to 30% of fatal crashes and 15% of serious injury crashes. Fatigue also contributes to approximately 25% of insurance losses in the heavy vehicle industry. Driver fatigue is particularly dangerous because one of the symptoms is a decreased ability to judge one’s own level of tiredness.
Research has shown that not sleeping for more than 17 hours has an effect on driving ability…. the equivalent of a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.05. Not sleeping for 24 hours has the same effect of having a BAC of 0.10, double the legal limit.
In the best of conditions, tractor trailers are dangerous vehicles simply due to their size and weight. The average semi can carry more than 40,000 pounds of cargo, let alone the mass of the truck, fuel and trailer. The average passenger vehicle, on the other hand, weighs only 4,000 pounds — a deadly match in a collision.
IN THIS INSIDER EXCLUSIVE NETWORK TV SPECIAL, “JUSTICE IN AMERICA – Brandon Dickerson’s Story” our News team is on location in Austin, Texas meeting with L. Todd Kelly, Partner, at The Carlson Law Firm, And Dr. Huma Haider, M.D., Founder of the National Brain Injury Institute, one of America’s leading Traumatic Brain Injury Experts to discuss the specific legal challenges and strategies to win this case, as well as how Traumatic Brain Injuries are identified, diagnosed, and assessed in these catastrophic accidents.
Todd has earned a reputation as an unyielding trial lawyer who repeatedly represents individuals and families against big companies and the Goliaths of the world. And repeatedly wins. He has earned the highest respect from citizens and lawyers alike…. as one of the best Trial lawyers in Texas.
Todd has built a substantial reputation nationwide by consistently winning cases other law firms have turned down. And his amazing courtroom skills and headline grabbing success rate continue to provide his clients with the results they need……And the results they deserve.
You can contact Todd Kelly, Partner @ https://www.carlsonattorneys.com/team-member/l-todd-kelly and 512 346 5688