By: Darrell Castle
This morning on the Today show, details were released in which state prosecutors claimed the truck driver who slammed into star actor Tracy Morgan’s limo, leaving him critically injured and another passenger dead, had NOT SLEPT in 24 hours, which raises highway safety concerns.
It’s not like these concerns are anything new, but rather is a growing problem – one I’ve mentioned a lot through my videos and blogs.
The facts from the video are terrifying:
The typical trucker work week is nearly double the standard 40-hour work week.
In 2012, 104,000 people were injured and nearly 4,000 people killed in crashes involving large trucks. That’s 11 people killed EVERY DAY.
Driver fatigue is a factor in 13% of those truck accidents.
New federal regulation set the amount of hours truck drivers can work in a week from 82 hours to 70 hours, but the trucking industry has complained and is trying to move that number back up.
So, what’s more important here – people’s lives OR money?
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, we’d love to talk to you. The way these drivers are pushed by their superiors to make an extra buck is disturbing, and the fact that innocent individuals are paying the ultimate price isn’t fair. We’ll fight to make sure the victims get the compensation they rightfully deserve.