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How does trucker fatigue affect road safety?

On the roads in Louisiana, many different drivers can be found. When you're sharing the road with all manner of vehicles and people, it can be important to understand the risks you face. We at MGM Attorneys are here to discuss one risk in specific: the risk of truck drivers being fatigued.

Plans in place to put barricades at site of Louisiana truck crash

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development recognizes the potential of cable fences to prevent injuries and fatalities in road accidents. Unfortunately, however, there is not enough money to place them all across the state. Therefore, the department uses data on crashes and traffic volume to decide where to place the barricades. 

Potential changes to truckers' Hours of Service rule

Truck driver fatigue has long been acknowledged as a problem and a potential safety hazard for truckers and other motorists in Louisiana. A few years ago, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration developed its Hours of Service rule that identified a set of guidelines governing when truckers could drive, how long they could drive at a single time, when they must take breaks and more. That rule has created a lot of contention between the FMCSA and trucking professionals. Now, there is a proposal to amend the rule.

Trucker killed when hit by another semi-truck

People in Louisiana are taught that the shoulder area along a freeway is supposed to be the safe place for them to stop if their vehicle breaks down or after they have been involved in an accident. While the shoulder might be a safer place to stop than in the middle of a traffic lane, it is far from truly safe, especially when on a busy freeway with vehicles of all sizes commonly travelling at high speeds.

Pedestrian killed in Louisiana truck crash

Fifteen percent of fatalities in truck accidents are pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists. The odds of survival in a crash favor the driver of a semi-truck due to the superior size and mass of the vehicle. The pattern continues to hold true after a collision that took place in Louisiana last week between a semi-truck and a pedestrian. The driver sustained no injuries, in part due to proper restraints. However, the pedestrian died at the scene from injuries sustained in the crash. 

Truck drivers need more sleep

Are truck drivers passing through Louisiana getting enough sleep? According to Forbes, line haul drivers all across the United States are suffering from sleep deprivation. There have been a number of legislations proposed, including the 34-hour restart, but many have failed to grab hold and truck drivers and their employers often find ways around the others.

Keep truckers from driving while distracted

When Louisiana truck drivers hit the road, it is important for them to be safe drivers. With long hours on the road and more technology in a truck cab, though, it may sometimes be difficult for truckers to keep their full attention on the road. Distracted driving can be dangerous and truckers need to know how they can be safe behind the wheel.

Identifying the liable party in big rig-involved accidents

Louisiana roadways are more congested than ever before. Big rigs carrying full loads and hauling tandem trailers require more room to stop and make turns than passenger vehicles. If you are in an accident with an 18-wheeler, severe injuries with devastating effects can result. At the law offices of MGM Attorneys, we often represent clients seriously injured in a multi-vehicle crash involving a commercial truck.

Does trucking culture contribute to crashes?

Louisiana truckers, as well as any truckers who travel through the state, have just as much of a chance of getting into a wreck as any other driver on the road. However, some may argue that the culture surrounding the trucking industry actually increases their chances of getting involved in a crash.

Trucker had history of violations prior to fatal crash

People in Louisiana should be able to trust that truckers and other commercial drivers are strongly monitored and held to strict safety standards. People who operate these big rigs have a serious responsibility to do so in a manner that keeps other people on the roads free from harm. Unfortunately, these drivers are still able to make negligent choices. Even worse, it seems that there may be times when a truck driver is allowed to keep driving commercially even if they have a history of violations and unsafe driving practices.

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