Even in the wake of statistics suggesting that the number of fatal truck accidents on the roads is increasing, the Department of Transportation will propose a relaxation of the hours of service regulations, commonly known as the federal rest rules.
Although it happened in another state, a recent major truck accident that left four people dead on an interstate has attracted national media attention. The tragedy offers valuable lessons for truck drivers and other motorists in Northeast Wisconsin.
At least according to some reports, the number of deadly truck accidents has declined over the past decades. In 1980, for instance, there were just over 5,000 crashes involving both a semitruck and at least one fatality. In 2015, this number was basically 3,600. This represents a decrease of over 30 percent between 1980 and 2015.
As most Northeast Wisconsin residents know, legally, residents of and visitors to this state must not operate a vehicle after they have had too much to drink. Specifically, if an officer stops them and finds that they have more than .08 blood alcohol content, or BAC, that person can be facing a serious criminal charge.
Truck drivers and the transportation companies they work for have certain rules they must follow.
Anyone who has observed a driver who is attempting to operate a vehicle on too little sleep knows how dangerous this practice can be. In some cases, a fatigued driver can resemble a drunk or drugged driver travelling down the highway, as both types of drivers operate erratically enough to cause serious accidents.
Northeast Wisconsin residents will be fully aware that large trucks can be dangerous. These vehicles are common on the roads and while they perform an important service of transporting goods across the nation, there is no denying how much damage they can do when there is a truck crash. Those who suffer semitruck accident injuries can face long recovery time and permanent damage. Families can be left without a loved one after a crash with one of these large vehicles. While most truckers operate their vehicles in a safe manner and follow all the rules of the road, there are many who do not. Studies examine the risk these vehicles carry with them and new results indicate that several factors are present lending to the damage they can do.