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Truck accidents: Trucker dies in unexplained semi roll-over

Truck drivers in North Dakota have a particular set of rules of the road to which they must comply. Sometimes, unrealistic demands of employers force operators to violate rules -- often resulting in truck accidents with devastating consequences. To meet deadlines, truckers may have to ignore rules about the maximum number of hours they are allowed to drive without rest. This could lead to fatigue and crashes then become inevitable.

Another danger involves overloading of trucks. When the maximum allowed weight is exceeded, or when a load is unbalanced or unsecured, controlling the vehicle may become impossible. If a driver loses control of an overloaded truck, his or her life will be on the line. The same situation can result when the required maintenance of the big rig is neglected.

These are possibilities that will likely be examined when authorities investigate a recent fatal truck accident that claimed the life of a driver from another state. Reportedly, the incident involved a pipe-hauling semi with an attached flatbed trailer on state Highway 21 in the oil patch in western North Dakota. For reasons yet to be determined, the truck veered off the roadway, entered a ditch and rolled over.

The 62-year-old driver of this truck did not survive the wreck. The surviving family members of victims of fatal truck accidents in North Dakota typically have the opportunity to claim death benefits through the workers' compensation insurance system. With the assistance of an experienced attorney, the navigation of the administrative and legal proceedings may be less complicated. Benefits typically cover the costs of a funeral and burial along with a wage-replacement package.

Source: U.S. News, "Texas Trucker Dies in Crash in North Dakota Oil Patch", Sept. 19, 2017

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