Are Tired Truckers That Big of a Problem in Arizona?
Many know the dangers of being close to an 18-wheeler on the road. The blind spots and the size of semi trucks alone are enough to make anyone leery about driving close to one. Driving is dangerous as it is with reckless and distracted individuals; when semi trucks are thrown into the mix, the level of danger rises and one has to be extremely aware of their surroundings.
Beside the trucks themselves, the drivers of those trucks often drive long hours to raise the numbers on their paychecks. The drivers get fatigued and tired like any driver would, but they keep on trucking, which can result in a fatal Phoenix truck accident.
It is reported by the National Transportation Safety Board that an estimated 30 to 40 percent of large truck accidents are a result of driver fatigue. Even though federal regulations allow a trucker to drive for a maximum of 11 hours only after having ten hours off duty, most truckers will keep going. This is especially dangerous. Studies show that even driving after the eighth hour increases chances of a big rig accident dramatically. For example, in January of 2006, a tragic truck crash killed seven children. After some investigation, it was believed that the trucker had been driving 34 hours straight, except for a short nap.
Nearly 5,000 people are killed annually in truck wrecks. Semi trucks account for only 3 percent of registered vehicles in the United States, yet they cause 12 to 13 percent of all fatal crashes. One in four auto accidents involve a heavy truck. Danger is constantly on the road. Semis have limited breaking and turning ability; when you add in an exhausted driver, the mix becomes deadly. One can always be aware of their surroundings and do their best to focus on safe driving, but many factors are out of car drivers’ control.
Arizona truck accidents happen all too often. Many people are injured and killed each year due to semi trucks and their fatigued drivers.
If you have been hurt in a truck accident, a Phoenix truck accident attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries. or more information, contact the Law Offices of Nathan Hogle at 480-999-0646.
The Law Offices of Nathan Hogle is located in Mesa, Arizona, and handles cases throughout Maricopa County, including Gilbert, Chandler, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Tempe, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, Fountain Hills, Ahwatukee, Apache Junction, Anthem, Glendale, El Mirage, Tolleson, Goodyear, Avondale, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Surprise, Sun City and Buckeye.