How Reduced Trucking Regulations Can Lead to More Crashes
COVID-19 and the Impact of Trucks on the Road
With the high demand for essential goods and supplies to be delivered to grocery stores and other retailers that sell necessities, there are more truck drivers on the road working under a declaration of emergency. What this means is that the Department of Transportation (DOT) has waived the hours-of-service rules for commercial drivers who are delivering supplies needed for COVID-19 relief so, essentially, they are permitted to work for as many hours as necessary to make these essential deliveries. Here’s how it could impact truck accidents on the road.
Truck Accident Causes
With the regulations lifted on Kansas City roads, more truck drivers are expected to meet high demands and are now permitted to work longer hours. Due to these demands, the following situations could cause a serious truck accident:
Driver fatigue - With the high demand to deliver essential goods quickly, truck drivers may be on the road longer and without proper time to rest and recuperate. If a driver is fatigued, it can lead to a lowered reaction time or falling asleep at the wheel.
Faulty maintenance of truck vehicles - Since trucks must be out on the road longer than usual, they may not get the scheduled maintenance that is needed. Putting a truck driver behind the wheel of a vehicle that needs to be maintained and, as a result, it malfunctions, this could lead to a serious trucking accident.
Disobeying road rules and signs - Even though the roads may not be as congested as usual, that doesn’t mean that a truck accident can’t happen. It can be easy for any truck driver to ignore road rules when there aren’t many other vehicles on the road. For example, rolling through a stop sign or running a yellow light that’s about to turn red could cause a serious accident.
Common Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents
Since trucks have a substantial amount of weight and size, getting into an accident with a truck can cause devastating and life-altering injuries. Some of the most common truck accident injuries include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Internal bleeding or organ injuries
- Seat belt injuries
- Wrongful death
Contact a Kansas City Truck Accident Lawyer
Even the most careful drivers can be a victim of a truck accident. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury in a truck accident, we are here to help you. Our experienced personal injury attorneys know what it takes to recover compensation for truck accident victims.
Call Peterson & Associates, P.C. today at (816) 298-8708 to speak with an attorney about your potential case.