Much has been said numerous times about the effect of having a fatigued truck driver on the roadways in Massachusetts as well as the rest of the country. When a truck driver is tired and drowsy, he or she is more likely to fail to see a vehicle approaching them in their blind spot or the motorcyclist traveling along side them. They may end up running a red light or stop sign, striking a pedestrian and causing fatal injuries in the process. This is why multiple laws, both at the state and federal level, exist to prevent truck drivers from driving a certain number of hours without taking a rest break. These laws are in place to encourage drivers to act responsibly, but the result of a certain case may end up discouraging them from taking those breaks.
As mentioned in last week's post, truck and big rigs play an important role in our economy. In fact, many believe they are a strong component of a burgeoning economy, which is why truck drivers are often pushed to drive faster and for longer hours. Many criticize the lack of tight regulation on trucking companies and the fact that truckers are often driving while fatigued, drowsy or sick. All of these factors end up becoming a recipe for truck accidents.
Commercial vehicles, especially 'big-rig' or 'tractor-trailer' trucks play a vital role in the economy of the Commonwealth and the country. The use of these vehicles to transport not only finished products, but also the raw materials and parts that are used in manufacturing keep the chain of production running smoothly. However, the importance of commercial trucks does not render them immune to the same rules all others who use the public roadways must follow. In fact, because of their capacity to do harm, a reasonable truck driver may be required to adhere to higher safety standards than an average driver.
Driving near a semi-truck can be nerve-wracking for anyone. These size of these massive vehicles can be imposing, and knowing the frequency with which these trucks are involved in accidents can set you on edge. Although many times Massachusetts residents can drive near big rigs without any complications, sometimes an errant trucker or improperly maintained truck can cause an accident. If you have been involved in one of these wrecks, then you know that the damages that can be suffered can be devastating.