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Technology innovations may help prevent rising truck accidents

In 2005, the U.S. government recommended the adoption of cameras that monitor fatigued driving by emitting an alarm when drivers’ eyelids droop, but many wonder why technology like this has not yet been mandated for truck drivers, Bloomberg Businessweek reported on October 7.

The American Trucking Association petitioned in 2010 for the government to enact regulations that would require truckers to install devices that can limit their speed. Vice President and general counsel for the watchdog group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Henry Jasny criticized the government for not taking action. The Transportation Department, however, assured that highway safety is a top priority, and promised to shut down trucking companies with histories of violations and unsafe driving.

The most recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that large-truck accident fatalities increased by 18% to 3,802 in 2012 from 2009’s record of 3,211. Injuries from such crashes were listed at 77,000 in 2012–up 45% from 2009’s record of 53,000.

The results from a truck accident can be devastating, and the attorneys at Ritter & Associates believe you should not have to pay for damages caused by the negligent actions of another driver. Call our San Diego offices at (619) 296-0123 today to learn how we may advocate for you.

CHP Reports: Semi-Truck Crash Claims One Life

Semi-truck drivers have an added responsibility to the safety standards that all drivers must adhere to because of the massive size of their vehicles. When a car or pickup truck is involved in an accident with a semi-truck, those riding in the smaller vehicle face a much higher risk of being injured in the collision.

The California Highway Patrol has recently reported on a semi-truck crash that occurred on Route 163 over the weekend that took the life of one person. According to crash responders, the accident occurred in Linda Vista when a PT Cruiser collided with a semi-truck for reasons that are still unknown.

The driver of the PT Cruiser was killed as a result of the impact. Police have reported that speed may have been a factor as well as the wet pavement at the time of crash. After the crash occurred, the lanes of traffic were shut down for nearly four hours as police officers diverted traffic to other areas.

Another semi-truck accident occurred earlier in the weekend and took the life of a San Diego man and injured three others. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you need knowledgeable representation on your side to help you fight for the justice you deserve.

Although financial compensation cannot make the tragic accident go away, it can help clear the added stress that comes with paying for medical bills. Contact the truck accident lawyers of Ritter & Associates today.

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