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In addition, Attorney Kasie Braswell is a proud member of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, a group that backs new legislation to help make driving 18-wheelers safer and hold trucking companies responsible for the actions of their drivers. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an 18-wheeler accident, or if a loved one was killed, you need an experienced Mobile, AL trucking accident lawyer who will fight for your rights.
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Causes of Trucking Accidents
Drowsy drivers who have not had enough sleep have slow reaction time and impaired judgment. They make careless mistakes, such as failing to stop at a red light, not paying attention to their speed, failing to check blind spots, or falling asleep at the wheel. There are laws that regulate the number of hours a truck driver can spend on the road each day and each week, but they are commonly violated by truck drivers.
Drivers of 18-wheelers need to pay extra attention on the road, because their large vehicles are not easy to maneuver and can cause a lot of damage in an accident, but distracted driving is very common, and truck drivers are no different. Distracted driving means engaging in any activity that takes your attention away from operating the vehicle. Many commercial trucks have on-board computers that drivers use, and even glancing at the screen is a distraction from driving. Other common truck driver distractions include talking on a cell phone, texting, changing the radio station, eating, and reading or filling out paperwork.
When truck drivers operate their vehicles while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they put the lives of everyone around them at risk. Drivers under the influence don’t make good decisions and have poor response times. And when they are driving an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer that is speeding down the road, it is an incredibly dangerous situation. Some drivers take drugs that allow them to stay awake longer and put in more miles. Drugs also affect a driver’s decisions and response times and also create a dangerous situation.
The law requires commercial truck drivers to always make safe decisions on the road. The purpose is to try to prevent a collision that could leave people seriously injured. Examples of improper passing include passing in a construction zone, at an intersection or in a no passing zone. Other examples include passing when there is limited visibility, without using proper signals, or without checking blind spots first. Because of practical restraints of the road or certain driving situations, truck drivers may be limited in passing other cars or trucks. But it is the commercial truck driver’s responsibility to recognize these restraints and act accordingly. Failure to do so and taking unnecessary risks can put people’s lives in danger.