You are probably familiar with the clever line from a famous late comedian, “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” We wish to help you avoid being identified as either one of those two. Driving with safety in mind can drastically reduce your risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident. Every time you get behind the wheel please remember the five safety measures outlined below to ensure safe arrival to your destination.
1) Focused Driving
As a society, we seem to be more distracted than ever before. With the convenience of cell phones, Bluetooth, and other electronic devices, your attention can slowly be pulled away from the road.… Continue reading
It is no secret that truck accidents can be devastating. Sadly, these incidents are not uncommon on the roads of Kentucky and when they occur the toll is often high. Drivers may be fatigued, driving unfamiliar roads or dealing with unfavorable weather conditions. On top of all this, if something goes wrong, it can be hard for a truck driver to evade the problem and avoid a crash.
One afternoon in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, a tragic accident occurred in which one car and six tractor-trailers became embroiled. The resultant crash closed the road for over nine hours while emergency responders and cleanup crews attended the scene. One driver went to the hospital with minor injuries, while two other drivers were killed in the crash.… Continue reading
If you are a regular driver in Kentucky, you may have already noticed the large number of trucks on the roads. In fact, these vehicles are such a common sight throughout the United States that many drivers forget just how dangerous they can be to share the road with. Of course, as long as the truck driver is diligent and responsible, everything should be fine. However, the slightest mistake can lead to widespread tragedy.
Unfortunately, there are all too many ways in which this can occur. For example, truck drivers often have to travel extremely long distances with only limited breaks. Overly tight scheduling on the part of the companies they work for can even push drivers to take less rest than they are legally required to have.… Continue reading
Trucks are a common sight on the roads of Kentucky, so much so that many drivers do not give them a second thought. After all, with so many vehicles on the road, what difference does one more make? However, because of their vastly different size and shape, trucks need to be treated with extra care and attention when you are sharing the roads with them.
The main reason for this is that trucks simply do not have the same field of vision that other vehicles do. Their length means that certain areas are obscured from the views visible to the driver in the truck’s mirrors. These areas are referred to as no-zones. If you drive in a truck’s no-zone, the driver may not know you are there and this can lead to a serious accident.… Continue reading
As a general rule, accidents involving tractor-trailers are about as bad as it gets. The overwhelming size and power of such vehicles can turn them into awesomely destructive weapons. Add alcohol, fatigue or negligence to the mix and you’ve got a recipe for disaster on your hands.
A rather terrible truck accident happened in a neighboring state, Tennessee, on June 25. While the details are still sketchy, reports indicate that four people died, including two from Kentucky, in a crash that involved two semi trucks and, at minimum, two cars. It is not yet known how the accident happened or whether anyone involved was driving recklessly, while distracted or under the influence. Individuals who saw the accident scene were shocked by the carnage.… Continue reading
We rely on trucks to get the stuff we use every day across the county. Without them, packages wouldn’t be delivered, our food would never get to our local grocery aisle and important construction equipment couldn’t get where it needs to go. However, truck companies and the drivers they employ have a duty to the general public to conduct their oversized machines with the utmost care. Drivers should receive proper training and should never be made to drive when they are fatigued. For their part, drivers have a responsibility to not drink or use drugs that could impair their ability to drive.
That’s because even the smallest misstep can lead to a truck accident. Because of their heft, these tractor-trailer crashes usually do an inordinate amount of damage, both to property and people.… Continue reading
As a motorist, it’s not unusual to see multiple 18-wheelers traveling on the interstate with you. We usually speed up or maneuver a bit to avoid driving next to them but other than that, we do not pay them particular attention. That is, until tragedy strikes. Sometimes, a truck accident happens that demands notice and can put the lives of all others on the road at risk.
Recently, four big rig trucks were involved in an accident that tied up traffic for miles and killed two people. It is believed that when traffic became congested, one truck driver failed to stop and that resulted in his truck rear-ending one ahead of him. As often happens in congested traffic, a chain reaction was triggered that resulted in two other big rigs then becoming involved in the pileup.… Continue reading
For truck drivers, the importance of proper training and adherence to safety standards cannot be stressed enough. They drive trucks that dwarf every other vehicle on the road and, as such, can do catastrophic damage when they cause an accident. Sadly, truck accidents are a fairly common occurrence in Kentucky. Drivers are asked to drive for long periods of time on unfamiliar roads and carry unwieldy loads.
According to a Lewis County Sheriff, May 19 in Lewis County, a semi collided with a passenger car, eventually leading to the death of the passenger and critically injuring the driver, who is recovering in a hospital. The damage was so severe that both people had to be cut out the car. Investigators at the scene said that the vehicle pulled in front of the tractor-trailer.
Seems like a cut and dry case.… Continue reading
If a truck driver faces criminal charges after a fatal accident, then the evidence from the police investigation can be used to bring a claim of wrongful death against the responsible party. Truck accident lawsuits can be especially complex, given that multiple parties, including the trucking company, may be at fault for the crash.
A truck driver from Minnesota was charged with murder in Kentucky after his involvement in a truck accident that took the life of a 69-year-old man. Authorities say the truck operator drove his tractor-trailer into the back of an SUV on Interstate 24, and the collision resulted in the death of the SUV driver. Police on the scene said that the truck driver seemed to be under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident.… Continue reading
Truck accidents are a major problem on the road. Due to their large size and weight, a truck accident can lead to more severe injuries and fatalities than a regular car accident. Ketucky.com reports that the Federal Motor Carrier Administration is now making it easier to shut down the operations of any truck companies with an ongoing history of citations and safety concerns.
These new safety regulations allow the agency to shut down unsafe truck companies for repeated problems even in situations where their latest inspection didn’t quite warrant the operation to be put out of business. This comes after the agency has received criticism and was investigated for failing to shutter unsafe truck companies. The new safety regulations for truck companies should benefit drivers on the road.… Continue reading