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Joliet semi-truck accident lawyerGetting into an accident on the road is a common fear for drivers. Sharing the road with a semi-trailer truck can make drivers especially nervous. Commercial trucks are large and intimidating, even at a distance. Most truck drivers are responsible on the road, but human error and mechanical problems often lead to dangerous truck accidents

How Common Are Truck Accidents?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 475,000 reported crashes in 2016 that involved large trucks. Truck accidents are most common in rural areas, with 61% of fatal crashes involving a truck occurring in that kind of environment. The second most common area in which truck accidents occur are interstate highways. 

No one ever imagines that they would get into an accident with a truck, but preparing yourself for what to do after a collision with a tractor-trailer truck can save lives and help you preserve your right to receive compensation for your damages. Be sure to take the following steps if you have been in a truck accident: 

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Joliet truck driver lawyers, REST Act, highway safety, truck driving time, Joliet truck driver lawyers, truck accidentThe Responsible and Effective Standards for Truckers or REST Act was first introduced by the House Transportation Infrastructure Committee in March 2018. It provides truck drivers with the right to take one rest break per shift for up to three consecutive hours. Let us take a closer look at what the REST Act means for truckers and other motorists. 

Further Details on the REST Act

Under the REST Act, truckers will be permitted to take one rest break per shift for up to three hours. It is important to understand that this off-duty period would not be included in their 14 hour duty allowance. It also would not extend their allowable drive limits.

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Will County truck accident attorneysTruck accidents can be devastating, and that can make it difficult to determine what caused the crash in the first place. Truck accident investigations can provide answers, but what happens during this process, and why does it matter? The following information explains. It also provides details on how you can protect your rights after a truck accident, and that includes your right to pursue full and fair compensation for any losses that you or your family may have experienced.

Truck Accident Investigations

When law enforcement arrives on the scene of a truck accident, they treat victims, secure the area, and begin to take notes on what they see. They look for things like vehicle fluids, tire skid marks, debris (both from the vehicle itself and the victim), and other evidence that can be used to reconstruct the scene. Done using scientific data, such as engineering and physics, specially trained professionals then try to determine what, exactly, caused the accident.

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Joliet personal injury attorney, truck accident, truck drivers and sleep apneaA new study recently issued by researchers from the Virginia Technical Institute reveals that tractor trailer drivers who suffer from sleep apnea and fail to follow a treatment program are five times more likely to be involved in a serious truck accident.

A person suffering from sleep apnea typically has pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while he or she is sleeping. These pauses can last up to one minute. In one hour, these pauses can occur up to 30 times. With each pause, a person who is in a deep sleep shifts into a light sleep. This continual sleep interruption leaves the individual feeling exhausted the next day because he or she was not getting a good quality night’s sleep. Estimates are that more than 25 million people suffer from the chronic disorder.

One of the most common treatment methods for sleep apnea is positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy. Auto-adjusting machines blow streams of air through a mask that the sufferer wears while he or she is sleeping.

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