To protect against the dangers associated with driver fatigue, federal regulations limit the number of consecutive hours commercial truck drivers can be behind the wheel. However, there are no laws restricting how long a non-commercial driver can drive, nor are there laws requiring that drivers get a good night's rest before operating a vehicle.
As we've discussed before, property owners have an obligation to ensure that their premises are safe for visitors. Negligent maintenance, supervision or security could lead to injurious accidents, and Kansas residents who have been injured because of a property owner's negligence may need to bring a premises liability claim to receive compensation for damages.
Losing a loved one unexpectedly can be a devastating experience for anyone. A fatal accident stemming from someone else's negligence or reckless behavior can leave a victim's family members and friends searching for answers and wanting to hold the responsible person or people accountable for the tragic loss.
We recently discussed the devastation caused by collisions between large trucks and passenger vehicles. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 73 percent of the fatalities caused by truck accidents in 2012 were passenger vehicle occupants.
A serious auto accident can result not only in painful physical injuries; many people are left psychologically traumatized. It's not uncommon for crash victims to experience extreme anxiety and fear whenever they try to drive again. In other cases, an unexpected set of circumstances could trigger a crash-related panic attack, and some people develop insomnia after an auto accident.