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Commercial truck accidents can be deadly, and are a major concern for both the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the trucking industry alike. Both agree that improving safety on the nation’s roads and highways is a top priority.

While the number of fatal accidents caused by semis and 18 wheelers has declined recently, federal regulators believe the decline is due to a decrease in trucking traffic brought on by the state of the economy. Once the economy begins to rebound in earnest, the number of truck fatalities is likely to climb once again.

Trucker Fatigue Can Be Fatal

Data collected by the NTSB indicates that driver fatigue cause at least 33 percent of commercial motor vehicle accidents. As a result, new safety rules and regulations have been proposed by federal safely regulators in the hope of keeping unsafe drivers off the nation’s roads. Proposals include installing recording devices on commercial trucks that track the amount of time drivers are behind the wheel. Other options include mandatory rest breaks and reducing driver workdays to a 14-hour maximum.

Tips to Remember if You Are in an Accident

Truck accidents can be devastating for victims and their families. Though an accident can be emotionally and physically traumatic, victims should remain as calm as possible. Write down the name of the trucking company involved in the accident and take pictures even if using a cell phone. Gather the names of witnesses and their contact information. If trucking company insurance representative arrives on the scene, make no statements. Seek immediate medical help.

Contact an Experienced Attorney

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident with a large commercial truck, you may have a right for compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. For more information, contact a knowledgeable personal injury attorney today.