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Unrealistic schedules increase truck accident risk

Truck drivers in Kentucky often have long journeys to make on roads that may be unfamiliar and even poorly maintained. Their loads may be heavy and hazardous and there is a chance that they could be driving in extremely unpleasant and unsafe weather conditions. As a result, truck drivers are generally held to a higher standard than most other drivers as they have an increased amount of responsibility to deal with.

If a truck crashes, the consequences can be devastating. These accidents regularly result in serious injuries for all involved and can often prove fatal. Unfortunately, this is not a rare occurrence and often the driver of the truck is at fault.

While this is not always the case, it is commonly found that there are truck drivers who will continue to drive even when fatigued, drunk or otherwise unfit to be behind the wheel. Sometimes this is because they have a strict schedule to stick to and they risk being docked pay if their cargo does not arrive fast enough.

To make things worse, as this article on truck crashes mentions, many companies impose unrealistic and even dangerous schedules for the drivers, which may encourage them to drive when unfit to do so. Sadly, this puts everyone else on the roads at risk. Meanwhile, the driver has the chance of facing hefty fines or even prison time.

If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be wondering where to turn. Fortunately, an attorney may be able to help you. He or she can advise you on how to proceed with your case and may even be willing to support you through the legal process.

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