Truck drivers in Georgia may be intrigued to know that in the state of North Dakota, most truck crashes that involve injuries occur in the oil regions. Figures from North Dakota’s Vision Zero Plan indicate that around 67% of truck-related crashes between 2012 and 2016 occurred in the state’s oil counties. The Vision Zero Plan is a statewide initiative meant to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries on the road.
As for the factors in this trend, it appears that truck driver fatigue is a major one. Two crashes on a particular Highway 23 bypass, known as the New Town Truck Reliever Route, have brought up concerns once again about drowsy driving. The bypass was constructed back in 2014 at the cost of $24 million to enhance road safety.
In 2017, a fatal crash took place on that bypass as two semi-truck drivers collided head on, resulting in a fire that killed both drivers. In 2018, another fatal crash occurred, this time between a semi-truck and a pickup. In both cases, a semi-truck driver crossed the centerline of the road.
Improving truck safety is not a concern that only North Dakota residents have, of course. Federal trucking regulations have been revised in order to prevent drowsy driving: For example, hours-of-service regulations limit drivers to 14 work hours per day.
When truck driver fatigue is to blame for a trucking accident, the victim has the right to file a claim. This is where legal advice and guidance may be a benefit. A lawyer might hire investigators to gather proof against the trucker. For example, the electronic logbook will show whether the trucker violated HOS regulations. In-cab camera footage, if available, may also help build up the case. Victims may have their lawyer negotiate for a settlement.