Recent reports indicate that fatal commercial vehicle accidents increased by nearly 10 percent in 2017 and reached levels that had not been seen in nearly 30 years. Experts suggest one factor that could be contributing to the increase pertains to the demand that is placed on truck drivers. With federal regulations that require drivers to stop and rest every eight hours, many truckers may feel it best to put as many miles behind them as possible while they are on the road.
The subsequent rush of a demanding schedule could increase the risks of excessive speeding and reckless behavior. While similar driving behaviors can be hazardous under any circumstance, with the size and weight of tractor-trailers, such decisions can have catastrophic consequences. These demands may also leave drivers with less time to rest and thus increase the risks of driver fatigue, which can be dangerous.
Trucking accidents can be devastating incidents that could endanger the safety of everyone involved. Those who suffer severe injuries due to the negligent actions of a truck driver could choose to speak with a personal injury attorney for guidance on the available options for legal recourse. An attorney in Tennessee can examine the incident, along with the client's injuries, and assist in pursuing the compensation deserved through a claim against the party or parties deemed responsible.