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Fatal truck accident could prompt reform of truck regulations

Truck drivers often work long hours that can lead to sleep deprivation or inattentive driving. Such a setting could have been in play during a 2010 truck accident in Ohio which killed a 47-year-old woman and left her son in a wheelchair. Now the father of the affected family is pushing for regulation change to reduce the amount of time truck drivers spend on the road.

The truck accident happened just outside of Cleveland when a 49-year-old truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a car carrying a 47-year-old woman and her son. The woman died from the crash, while her son was seriously injured. He suffered a brain injury after the crash left him depleted of 80% of his blood. The truck driver in the accident was sentenced to five years in prison.

It is a very unfortunate truck accident that has forever altered the life of a young boy and his father, but they are fighting on after the tragedy. The son survived the crash, though he will need a wheelchair for the foreseeable future.

The father, meanwhile, is pressing for restrictions on the amount of time a truck driver can be on the road. He has gone to Washington D.C. to testify in front of the subcommittee on regulatory affairs, which is considering the financial implications of a new rule that would allow more rest for truck drivers.

Even with more rest, truck drivers will still make mistakes and truck accidents will still occur. Sometimes these incidents will be minor, other times they will be serious. In any case, you can protect the livelihood of your family by assessing your legal situation after a truck accident. If such an accident has caused you or your loved ones lost wages or pain and suffering, a proper legal representative can support your case and help you recover from such a traumatic event.

Source: ABC 2, "Driver, who killed Stevenson University professor, will spend 5 years in prison," Brian Kuebler, Jan. 12, 2012

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