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Comedian's truck accident shines light on larger problem

The tragedy that can come with involvement in a truck accident was recently publicized when famous comedian Tracy Morgan was injured in a tragic truck accident. The comedian, who was touring with his entourage at the time of the crash, faced serious injuries when a truck driver who was allegedly dozing while driving rear ended his vehicle. Another passenger, fellow comedian and friend was killed and others were injured. The accident garnered headlines across the nation.

Tracy Morgan's truck accident also served to bring needed attention to a growing problem. The fact is that even with the availability of advanced safety technology the number of fatalities connected to trucking wrecks has increased since 2009. The issue is so prevalent that NBC News recently ran a report discussing the reasons behind this increase.

One potential factor is increased economic stability. More Americans are comfortable making purchases, which mean more trucks are on the road delivering goods. Various federal regulations are in place in an attempt to help keep the nation's roadways safe, but the crashes can still happen. The piece also outlined just how varied the causes can be. Faulty brakes, tired drivers and a lack of proper screening measures before hiring a driver were all noted as contributing factors.

Whatever the cause of the accident, one thing is clear: passengers injured in these accidents are likely eligible for compensation to help cover the costs associated with the crash. If the trucking accident was caused by the negligent or reckless act of the driver, the trucking company or the trucks manufacturer, legal remedies are generally available. Contact an experienced truck accident attorney to discuss your case and help better ensure any rights to remedies are protected.

Source: NBC News, "Truck Accidents Surge, But There's No National Outcry," Eamon Javers, July 30, 2014

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