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Driver fatigue and truck accidents

Transporting freight in large trucks is a vital part of the Pennsylvania economy. However, when large truck drivers don't take proper safety precautions, truck accidents can endanger other drivers. Driving a tractor-trailer over long distances can result in severe driver fatigue. Research has shown that hundreds of deaths that occur each year are attributable to large truck drivers who operate their vehicles while suffering from exhaustion and fatigue.

Pennsylvania trucking accident widow claims wrongful death

A fatal semi-truck accident occurred during the morning of Oct. 4, 2012 in Allentown, and the wife of the deceased is seeking damages of more than $75,000 in a wrongful death action. The lawsuit claims a negligent driver of a big rig caused her husband's death. She also named the truck driver's employers and the companies that contracted the driver's work in the suit for failing to provide better training and supervision.

Philadelphia area truck accident leaves 1 dead

Many trucks haul enormous payloads at high speeds. This of course comes with serious risk. Brakes are under greater strain and parts of the vehicle are more likely to wear down. Truck drivers should therefore be held to a high standard of caution on Philadelphia roads.

Charges follow fatal truck accident at toll booth near Easton

With such massive payloads traveling at such high rates of speed, it only makes sense that drivers of large commercial vehicles are held to a high standard of safety on our nation's interstates and highways. Federal regulations require that truck drivers take breaks and avoid fatigue while operating their vehicles, lest truck driver negligence lead to a crash like the one that occurred on Jan. 13 near Easton, Pennsylvania.

4 commercial vehicle crashes spark criticism of federal agency

Federal law holds truck and bus drivers to a higher standard of safety than drivers of smaller vehicles. Commercial trucking and bussing companies are supposed to inspect and maintain their vehicles, and operators of those vehicles are expected to keep driving records and take breaks to avoid driver fatigue.

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