Although many truck accidents in West Virginia have the propensity to be devastating to the driver of a passenger vehicle, not all such accidents in the Morgantown area may be obviously the truck driver's or trucking company's fault.
As this blog has previously discussed, semi truck accidents can be devastating for a West Virginia family. Because semi trucks are large vehicles, they tend to inflict a lot of damage whenever they strike a private passenger car, meaning that serious and debilitating injuries or a real possibility in truck accidents.
As a recent post on this blog discussed, fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as drunk or drugged driving. A tired truck driver who chooses to keep driving despite needing or even being legally required to rest poses a hazard both to himself and to other motorists around him. Particularly on the hilly West Virginia roads, a fatigued truck driver can seriously hurt or kill or Morgantown resident.
Last week's post on this blog discussed how truck driver fatigue is a serious threat to West Virginia motorists, which is, unfortunately, all too common. However, in light of last week's information, some residents of Morgantown may want to know more about how to identify a fatigued truck driver. This information could help residents prevent serious truck accidents or, if they have already been the victim in an accident, be able to establish a case for liability and appropriate compensation.
West Virginia highways have plenty of semi-trucks driving on them both during the day and through the night. Truckers are, after all, under a great deal of pressure to deliver their shipments in a timely fashion, even if it means sacrificing food and sleep. One study confirmed that truck drivers do in fact sacrifice sleep to drive, averaging only five hours of sleep a night while on the road.
The 1970's blockbuster film "Smokey and the Bandit" and its star, Burt Reynolds, glamorized the truck driving industry in the United States: big, powerful rigs; miles of open roads; independent-minded drivers. However, the daily routine of a truck driver today is much more prosaic, highly regulated and focused on safety.
The federal government keeps track of the types and severity of different accidents that occur on American roads and highways. This tracking covers accidents involving cars, buses and large commercial vehicles like trucks. Large trucks are defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as trucks that weigh at least 10,000 pounds.
There are many questions about different regulations for truck drivers, especially if someone is involved in an accident. Truck drivers are held to federal standards. In West Virginia, a truck driver has a responsibility to adhere to federal guidelines. When specifically looking at federal standards for hours worked, what are the regulations for truck drivers?
An accident involving a large truck can be very serious, resulting in severe injuries. Sometimes a serious accident can also result in a death. In West Virginia, a negligent driver can be the cause of the accident in truck collisions. Surviving family members have options after a fatal truck accident.
If you are involved in an accident involving a truck, getting medical treatment is the first priority. Often accidents involving large vehicles can be severe because of the weight and size of a truck. In West Virginia, truck drivers are responsible for their vehicles. Driving in unwieldy conditions or under impairments can be hazardous. After getting involved in a truck crash with a drowsy driver, there are several things that can take place.