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Truck accident claims the lives of missionary teens

It may be easy to get distracted by data involving truck accidents. The increasing number of collisions involving big rigs, the shocking number of fatalities and the financial toll are statistics that may cloud the real issue. When trucks crash, people often die. Recently, a multi-vehicle accident involving a semi-trailer brought this message home.

Driver fatigue causes many truck accidents

Each year, over 30,000 people die on our nation's highways. Almost 4,000 of those deaths are the result of encounters with big rigs. Since 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation has taken a keen interest in the role fatigue plays in truck accidents. That was the year Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration -- an agency of the DOT -- updated its rules regarding the number of hours a trucker can drive without rest.

Three common causes of truck accidents

Passing, merging and stopping are three things that drivers of 18-wheelers find challenging. While other drivers are urged to be aware of these difficulties, it sometimes seems that the truckers use the size and weight of their vehicles to bully their way through traffic. Driving at highway speeds with tons of weight at their backs, tractor trailer operators cannot afford to take chances. Lives can change in the blink of an eye.

New speed-limiting technology may prevent truck accidents

Most drivers have experienced the anxiety of seeing a big rig rapidly approaching in the rearview mirror. On the other hand, many have also driven behind 18-wheelers that block multiple lanes by traveling well below the posted speed. Either of these situations may remind a driver how a truck accident can change lives in the blink of an eye. In an effort to reduce those incidents, the U.S. Transportation Department recently proposed a new law that would slow trucks down on the highways.

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