Unfortunately, accidents involving tractor trailers and other large commercial trucks are all too prevalent on the roads of Mississippi and the rest of the United States. Recently, a runaway tractor trailer slammed into a parked car in Tupelo, Mississippi, killing a mother and her 2-year-old daughter. Eight individuals, including five children, were sent to the hospital earlier this month after a tractor trailer collided with a pickup truck.
Drowsiness Or Exhaustion
Drowsiness or exhaustion while behind the wheel greatly increases the likelihood of any accident, but it is more prevalent in truck drivers. Unfortunately, truck drivers frequently work lengthy shifts without breaks. Nearly half of all truck drivers admit to dozing off while on the job. The driver of the tractor trailer that crashed into a parked car in Tupelo, Mississippi, is suspected of falling asleep behind the wheel. When filing a claim for damages caused by a sleepy truck driver, it’s best to have legal representation that is well-versed in federal transportation standards.
Tractor Trailer Accidents
Tractor trailer accidents frequently occur when drivers exceed the allowed time on the road, which can lead to sleepiness and ultimately an accident. Commercial drivers must adhere to rigorous time limits established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. These rules establish limits on how long a motorist may spend behind the wheel and mandate minimum rest periods between shifts. Drivers must keep a journal of all of these occurrences. However, a significant proportion of truck drivers cheat the system by altering their logs. Due to driver weariness and other factors, accidents are common as a result. An expert trucking attorney will look at the truck driver’s logs, fuel receipts, bills of lading, and trip tickets to verify if the trucker was operating legally.
When operating a tractor trailer, which is much larger and heavier than the average vehicle, speeding can have catastrophic consequences. The pressure on truck drivers to deliver their cargo on time may be intense. This might cause a rise in speed. Truck speed governors are available, however many businesses don’t utilise them because of the high cost. In many cases, the “black box” within a vehicle can be used by a trucking attorney to assess the speed of the truck at the time of the accident.