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Tracy Morgan's crash puts truck accidents in national spotlight

Knoxville residents have likely heard about the horrific truck accident that left comedian Tracy Morgan and two others seriously injured and another comedian dead. The incident occurred when traffic slowed, including Morgan's limo bus, but a truck driver failed to stop in time. The tractor-trailer, which had swerved to avoid the traffic, slammed into the limo. Reports indicate the truck driver had not slept in more than 24 hours leading up to the crash. He now faces multiple criminal charges related to the accident.

The incident has drawn national attention to the issue of truck safety and a proposed change to federal regulations. The change seeks to allow truck drivers to operate their vehicles a maximum of 82 hours per week, up from the 60 to 70 hours that are currently allowed. Many, including President Obama, are concerned the increased hours could add to the almost 4,000 individuals who are killed in truck accidents each year. This is a heated issue that could have real life implications for Tennessee's motorists.

Though trucks play an important role in our economy, their drivers are often under tight deadlines that leave them little time for rest. This fatigue increases the likelihood that a tractor-trailer crash will occur. Individual who survive such an accident may be left with severe injuries that may include permanent disability. Recovering from such harm is no small feat.

Fortunately, these victims can seek to hold a truck driver, truck owner, and a truck company liable for the accident. By doing so, a victim may recover compensation for their damages, including medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. Hopefully such action will not only make a victim whole again, but it will further raise awareness of the dangers of truck driver fatigue.

Source: Omaha.com, "Tracy Morgan crash puts spotlight on truckers," June 10, 2014

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