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The consequences of traffic violations as a commercial driver

If you have an ordinary driver's license and choose to drive a car on the road, it is considered a privilege more than a right, and that's why the privilege can be taken from you relatively easily. However, when you have a commercial driver's license, the sense of responsibility you should hold, as well as the penalties you could face, are even higher. In general, the bigger the car you are driving, the higher responsibility you have to stay safe, because more is at stake.

Highway safety for truck drivers

As a truck driver, you will have already been subject to rigorous training and a high degree of assessment before you are able to get on the road. But it's always important to try and learn as much as you can about highway safety and methods to ensure that you keep the risks at bay. Truck driving continues to be a very high risk job with an enormous amount of responsibility. In 2012, the US department of Transportation reported that 3,921 people were killed by large trucks.

Sleep apnea and trucking: Often a dangerous mix

What is sleep apnea? This condition is a sleep disorder affecting the ability to breathe properly while sleeping. It results in short instances in which the patient's breathing is interrupted during sleep. The interruptions can last more than 10 seconds each and can occur as many as 400 times in a sleep cycle. The condition is often undiagnosed and has the potential to be life-threatening.

Damages can vary in semi truck crash cases involving distraction

Truckers who become distracted on the road put our lives and your life in danger. These truckers know better than to take their attention off driving, but they choose to do so anyway. In some cases, the trucker is doing an activity, such as texting, that is forbidden while driving by federal regulations. If you have been injured in an accident involving a distracted trucker, you can take action right away to seek compensation.

What can truckers do to avoid becoming distracted while driving?

Truckers have to be sure that they are doing what they can to drive safely. One issue that plagues the trucking industry is smartphone use. Truckers who use their phones while they are driving put themselves, their cargo and others on the road in considerable danger. The American Trucking Association (ATA) issued some guidelines that truckers can follow to help them resist the temptation of distractions while they drive.

Find out about seeking compensation after a big rig crash

We recently discussed the elements of a semi truck case. These elements are the basis of trucking accident claims and ensuring they are present in the case is essential. We can help you to review your accident to determine if all of the elements are present.

Know the elements of a semi truck accident case

Being struck by a semi truck is something that can change the course of your life. The effects of these accidents can mean that you aren't able to work any longer and that you are facing a lifetime of medical care. If you are facing this reality, you don't have to sit back and wonder how you will make ends meet now. Instead, you can take action and hold the liable parties responsible for the accident.