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Truck accidents more common as more drivers fall asleep

When criminally negligent truck drivers push themselves too hard and fall asleep at the wheel, catastrophic crashes can occur. This is part of a larger trend of a decline in safety after decades of progress. More and more truck accidents are occurring in Tennessee and throughout the United States, and many blame the U.S. Congress for loosening safety rules -- even as more truck drivers are pushing themselves to their limits.

Accidents in which trucks were involved were at an all-time low in 2009, when 3,380 people died in 2,983 truck accidents. After the economic doldrums ended and the economy recovered, truck accidents have once again been on the rise. In 2013 -- the most recent year that the finalized statistics were made available -- 3,964 people died in 3,541 truck-related deaths.

This is an increase of more than 17 percent over the course of four years. Some experts attribute the rise in deaths to Congress, whose members have either been rolling back, blocking or modifying safety regulations. A large amount of the hauling industry has long been opposed to the many federal rules that govern things such as working hours, weight and size limits, rest periods, and safety standards.

When people are injured in truck accidents, the steps victims must often take afterward may be confusing and overwhelming. The parties who are deemed responsible for such accidents may have claims filed against them by the injured victims, who have the right to seek restitution. Financial restitution, based upon proof of negligence, can help to cover the cost of medical treatment and other specified financial losses with respect to a Tennessee injury accident.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Trucks Are Getting More Dangerous And Drivers Are Falling Asleep At The Wheel. Thank Congress.", Michael McAuliff, April 16, 2016

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