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Trucks: Getting more dangerous on the roads

Are truck safety laws getting better in the United States? Should you really worry about your safety on the roads? Many people think you should be worried, because the trucking industry is putting pressure on Congress to reduce the restrictions on their drivers, making it possible for them to work more and sleep less.

According to one story, trucks are simply getting more dangerous. The United States Congress has loosened safety rules for truck drivers in the past, partially to help the business and to appease the trucking industry. When the economy began to collapse, the number of truck accidents dwindled. As the economy recovers, the number of people getting hit and killed by truck drivers is increasing, too. The report shows that when comparing 2009 and 2013, crashes caused 17.3 percent more deaths in 2013.

Trucking regulations are fairly strict, but the industry itself wants less regulation. For truck drivers, time is money, and the regulations in place make sure these drivers have to stop and sleep, eat, and take breaks regularly. This is for the safety of everyone on the roads.

There are limits set by the government on the size and weight of trucks, rest periods, working hours, and safety standards; these limits and regulations make sure the trucks on the roads are being driven by well-rested individuals. However, if these regulations are loosened too much, the results can be catastrophic. If a driver falls asleep behind the wheel, he could easily kill people inside a vehicle that he collides with. If that happens to you, it's important that you file your claim as soon as possible, so you can be compensated.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Trucks Are Getting More Dangerous And Drivers Are Falling Asleep At The Wheel. Thank Congress.," accessed June 21, 2016

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