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. river 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.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is in charge of regulating the commercial trucking industry, including how many hours truck drivers are permitted to operate their vehicles within any given day and week. The Code of Federal Regulations, 49 C.F.R. 392 contains mandatory rules regarding fatigue and impairment. Under present federal hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, commercial truck drivers are required to follow the 11-hour and 60/70 rules
In this Insider Exclusive “Justice in America” Network TV Special, we interviewed Joan Claybrook, Public Citizen’s Chair Emeritus, Chair of “Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways” (CRASH), and former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in the Carter administration
And are on location in Baltimore, MD, with Evelyn O. A. Darden and Mark A. Darden III, partners at the Law Offices of Addison-Darden, P.C. to take you behind the scenes in this new Network TV Special, ““Justice in America for Truck Accidents Victims”
Evelyn and Mark have has earned reputations as unyielding trial lawyers who repeatedly represent clients against big companies and the Goliaths of the world. And repeatedly win. They have earned the highest respect from citizens and lawyers alike…. as some of the best Trial lawyers in Maryland and across the nation. They have built substantial reputations nationwide by consistently winning cases other law firms have turned down. And their amazing courtroom skills and headline grabbing success rate continue to provide their clients with the results they need……And the results they deserve.
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