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Areas of Practice - Trucking Accidents

Why are there so many large truck accidents?
Accident Trends
Dangerous Roadways
Key Safety Requirements for Trucking Operations
Driver Fatigue and the Problem of Exceeding Maximum Driving Time Limits
What May Appear to be Minor Accidents Can Lead to Fatal Injuries
Technology & the tired trucker: Why the trucking industry resists onboard recorders
Deadly Tolls: Sick truckers causing fatal wrecks
Nine years, and still no safer
Truckers often carry rap sheets: Exclusive: Investigation finds felonies, substance abuse before fatal accidents.
Report to Congress on the Large Truck Crash Causation Study




Why are there so many large truck accidents?
Tractor-trailer drivers are typically required to work long hours with little or no sleep.
More than 10% of all traffic deaths are caused by 18-wheeler accidents. That's more than 5,000 deaths per year!

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Accident Trends
Large trucks involved in Fatal Crashes by State, 1995-2005

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Dangerous Roadways
Tractor-trailers are a leading cause of truck accidents on the roads throughout our country, causing serious and often fatal injuries to other drivers and passengers.

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Key Safety Requirements for Trucking Operations
Anthony & Peterson, LLP, is a well-known personal injury law firm, litigating traumatic injury and wrongful death cases across the United States. Based out of Corpus Christi, Texas, Anthony Peterson & Purnell, LLP is well versed in the statutory requirements of the Trucking Industry and use this knowledge in analyzing and evaluating a trucking accident case. The following is a brief list of the regulations reviewed when investigating an accident involving a tractor-trailer.

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Driver Fatigue and the Problem of Exceeding Maximum Driving Time Limits
Driver fatigue is a huge problem in the trucking industry. The fact is, thousands of truck drivers just don't get enough sleep. This puts all of us on the roadways at risk. Truck drivers have been known to fall asleep at the wheel, and even so-called "drowsy driving" can really impact the truck driver's ability to drive safely.

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What May Appear to be Minor Accidents Can Lead to Fatal Injuries
When a tractor-trailer is involved in an accident, the driver seldom suffers an injury. Typically, they will contact company representatives and an adjuster or investigator is dispatched to the accident scene to protect the interest of the company and driver.

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Technology & the tired trucker: Why the trucking industry resists onboard recorders
In April 2004, an 18-wheel tractor-trailer owned by Swift Transportation ran a stop sign at a highway intersection near Hutchinson, Kan., and slammed into a Chevy Suburban, killing a Wichita businessman. The man's family sued, claiming that the driver had been fatigued.

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Deadly Tolls: Sick truckers causing fatal wrecks
WASHINGTON – Hundreds of thousands of tractor-trailer and bus drivers in the United States carry commercial driver's licenses despite also qualifying for full federal disability payments, and some of those drivers have suffered seizures, heart attacks or unconscious spells, according to a new U.S. safety study obtained by The Associated Press.

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Nine years, and still no safer
The 1999 Mother's Day bus crash that killed 22 mostly elderly Louisianians exposed a lax federal oversight system that allowed drivers with drug problems and debilitating illnesses to remain at the wheel of buses and tractor-trailers.

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Truckers often carry rap sheets: Exclusive: Investigation finds felonies, substance abuse before fatal accidents.
Turner Yarbrough drove his 18-wheeler into Dallas one afternoon in August 2004, hauling a load of medical waste. A 15-year veteran of the road, he was a crack cocaine user with a long criminal record. At an exit on LBJ Freeway, he plowed into a line of cars. Three people were hurt, including a 76-year-old man who later died.

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Report to Congress on the Large Truck Crash Causation Study
The Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (MCSIA), P.L. 106-159, mandated a study to determine the causes of, and contributing factors to, crashes involving commercial motor vehicles.

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