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Monsters Among Us: Commercial Trucking Industry Puts You at Risk

The instant a brain injury occurs, one life ends and another begins. When a tractor-trailer struck “Tom,” his brain injury ended the life he knew. At work, at home, and as a dedicated volunteer firefighter, Tom’s life was changed forever. In Tom’s new life, he struggled to think, work, and interrelate. These difficulties resulted from damage to his frontal lobe. The devastation of this loss of identity is a common story.

In crashes involving a car and a large truck (10,000 pounds or more), the odds are stacked against the car from the get-go. First, there is the vast size differential: large trucks are, on average, 20-30 times heavier than cars, and often much taller. The braking ability of these trucks also poses a problem to cars. After applying the brakes, trucks typically travel 20-40 percent farther than cars before reaching a stop.

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In addition to the hazardous physical and mechanical characteristics of large trucks, there is also the issue of driver performance. Driver performance suffers when drivers work extended shifts or operate their vehicles without adequate rest. Currently, drivers nationwide are allowed to drive a maximum of 11 hours at a time, and no more than 77 hours a week. However, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), these regulations are often violated, and, as a result, drivers are operating large, dangerous trucks while fatigued. Research suggests that drivers are twice as likely to crash after only 8 hours behind the wheel, three hours less than the legal limit.

The IIHS also states that in the event of a fatal crash involving a large truck and a car, there is a 98 percent chance that a fatality will be suffered by the driver of the car. In the battle of car vs. truck, car always loses.

If you have been involved in an accident with a large truck, and you suspect that a traumatic brain injury may have occurred, then you should do the following:

1. Watch for Symptoms: CDC – Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Facts
2. Get Quality Scans: NeurologicStudies.com
3. Contact Us: 877-544-5323 or Click Here to Email Us

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If you or a loved one have  been injured in a Virginia accident that was caused by someone else driving a tractor-trailer, dump truck, cement truck, cargo tank, tour bus, or any other type of commercial vehicle, you should contact a qualified attorney.  Setup A Free Consultation 877-544-5323. No Legal Fees Unless we Settle or Win Your Case.