Iowa is at the crossroads of the trucking industry. Trucks traveling north and south, east and west carrying loads across the country crowd Iowa highways. Because trucks outweigh most vehicles on the road, they often cause the most damage and fatalities in an accident. Although, most drivers are well-trained and experienced, accidents still occur frequently. Truck drivers spend long hours on the road and have the potential to become drowsy. They have to operate in both large and close settings with visual limitations, which may potentially lead to an accident.
In 2012, the National Highway Safety Administration reported that over 100,000 people suffered injuries from large truck accidents – which included nearly four thousand fatalities. The NHSA also noted that 73 percent of those killed in the fatal accidents were passengers or drivers of other vehicles. Cars are simply no match for 18-wheelers.
All truck accidents are not the fault of the truck drivers of course, however, in many cases truck drivers are to blame. Despite all the federal safety rules that have been adopted into law for truck drivers, many still become drowsy, distracted or even impaired while driving.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident, an attorney can help you investigate the specifics of the accident to determine who is responsible. They may request truck logs and other important documentation from the trucking company that will prove who is at fault. They have the knowledge of the law to get the compensation you may be entitled to for your suffering and loss.
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