Every few minutes, another siren sounds as an ambulance races to the scene of yet another traffic accident in St. Louis.
Truck accidents in particular are an increasing problem, despite tightened federal regulations meant to cut down on the number of truck crashes. Tired, speeding truckers who are distracted or dealing with health issues can easily lose control, leading to a serious crash that leaves your family in pain.
St. Louis Truck Crashes on the Rise
While the number of auto accidents nationwide decreased slightly in 2010, the number of truck accidents in particular increased. This is especially disturbing news since truck accidents are more likely to result in death or serious injury than are other accidents.
According to research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it appears that speeding and driver distractions may have contributed to this increase in truck wrecks.
Cutting Down on Tired Drivers
The final piece of federal trucking regulations regarding service hours went into effect July 1, 2013. Truck drivers may now work no more than 70 hours a week, with no more than 11 hours driving in any given day.
The goal of these new regulations is to cut down on the number of fatigued truck drivers on the road, thereby reducing the number of serious truck accidents in Missouri and nationwide.
Successfully Prove Your Claim
With so many regulations applying to the trucking industry, it's nearly impossible for the average citizen to be able to discern what exactly led to the crash and if any federal or state rules were being violated at the time of the crash.
It's important that you rely on the skills of an experienced Missouri truck accident attorney to help you successfully prove your claim. At Alvin Wolff, we know how to get the proof you need to get the compensation you deserve.
To see how we can help you, call 314-241-2500 to set up an appointment or order a FREE copy of The Guide on How to Pick a Lawyer.