Report finds many truck crashes in oil region

Georgia truck drivers who are fatigued may be more likely to cause a crash. Two deadly truck accidents in North Dakota that occurred as a result of driver fatigue highlighted the fact that the majority of accidents in the area are in the oil region.

A bypass in the area was supposed to increase safety, but in 2017, one semi driver crossed the center line and hit another semi head-on. Both drivers died. In October 2018 near the same stretch of roadway, another semi driver went over the center line and collided head-on with a pickup truck.

North Dakota has a Vision Zero Plan in place, an initiative for ending crashes that cause deaths and serious injuries. It reports that between 2012 and 2016, two-thirds of the truck-related motor vehicle accidents in the state happened in the oil region. Nationwide, there is an effort to make truck drivers safer. Under federal law, commercial drivers can spend 11 hours per day on the road and can work for a total of 14 hours. A 2017 order requires them to electronically log their work hours.

Injuries from accidents involving semi trucks can be particularly devastating because of the disparity between the size of the trucks and other vehicles. If the driver is fatigued, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or distracted, a victim may be owed compensation. The truck driver's employer may also be held responsible. If the insurance company's offer is inadequate, the victim might want to file a lawsuit with the assistance of an attorney.

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