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What are some trucking rules and regulations, facts and figures?

Large trucks can cause serious crashes that result in people being injured, disabled, or killed. What makes these vehicles so much more likely to cause these accidents is the overall factor of size and weight. It's hard to avoid injury when two colliding vehicles are the same size, let alone if one is two to ten times larger. When negligence is the reason behind the collisions, that tends to result in families using an attorney to seek compensation from the truck driver at fault.

What are some common causes of trucking accidents?

Common causes you may have come across include a driver who is intoxicated, sleeping behind the wheel or fatigued. Distractions like texting or talking on the phone can also cause collisions.

What are some rules and regulations for truck drivers?

Truck drivers are not allowed to drive more than 70 hours in an eight-day work week. These individuals need to have appropriate time to rest, so there are break times required by federal law. Drivers must also have commercial drivers licenses, which are much stricter and even halve the amount of alcohol that a driver can have in the body at one time.

What are some safety features trucks should have installed?

Many trucks in the United States aren't as safe as their counterparts in Europe or other locations because of the lack of updated technology. Things like anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, collision-detection systems, and airbags should always be installed to help keep the driver safe in the case of an accident as well as to help avoid an accident to begin with.

Source: NY Times, "The Trucks Are Killing Us," Howard Abramson, accessed Jan. 07, 2016

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