Truck Accidents

What factors can impact trucker fatigue and related crash claims?

If you have ever tried to drive while you were tired, you probably know that this isn’t a good idea. For truckers, trying to drive when they are suffering from fatigue is a recipe for disaster.

Unfortunately, the people who suffer the most are the innocent victims who are injured or killed at the hands of a fatigued trucker. If you are one of the injured victims or if you suffered the loss of a loved one, make sure you know the following points as they can help you in your case.

Why would a trucker drive fatigued?

Often, truckers are pressured to make very tight deadlines. These deadlines usually won’t take factors like fatigue or traffic jams into account. When something like that occurs, the trucker might feel the need to try to push through the fatigue in an effort to meet that deadline.… Continue reading

What points come into the picture in a big rig crash settlement?

A semitruck accident is the first event in a series of events that can impact your life. When you’re the victim of one of these crashes, you might choose to seek compensation.

If you do file a lawsuit, there is a chance that you will be able to settle the case without going through a trial. This is often beneficial, so you should think carefully before you accept or decline a settlement offer.

Why might a settlement be a good idea?

Oftentimes, a settlement resolves the case must faster than if you waited to go to trial. This means that you can get the money you need faster. It also puts you in control of what you get. You aren’t counting on a jury to award you money.… Continue reading

Commercial truck accidents: primary causes

Commercial trucks (i.e. big rigs, tractor-trailers, semi’s and other large vehicles) compose a small percentage of the driven vehicles on any given day. But, due to their size and that many of them are on freeways and highways, they are involved in a disproportionate number of fatal accidents, about their numbers of the road. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a study analyzing the causes of commercial truck accidents and how best to prevent them. This post will go over those findings and how they may impact you.

The study reviewed 963 crashes spread across 17 dates. For each collision, the FMCSA gathered around 1,000 factors, including the condition of the truck driver, the condition of other drivers, the condition of the vehicles after the crash, their behavior, roadway factors, weather conditions, etc.… Continue reading

Common causes for trucking accidents, Part 1

Ironically, passenger vehicles are responsible for the majority of trucking accidents. Passenger car drivers fail to consider the awesome power and size of big rigs and that that size limits its visibility, braking, and acceleration. It is ironic because passenger vehicles suffer the most from accidents with big rig commercial trucks. This post will go over some of the causes of commercial trucking accidents.

Trucking accidents are so devastating because they are significantly larger than most other (or all) vehicles on the road. Big rigs are taller and heavier than all passenger vehicles. Moreover, it isn’t the weight or length of the truck that is truly dangerous, it is a fact that passenger cars are often pulled up and underneath big rigs.… Continue reading

What are no-zones?

No-zones are the areas around a truck that are most dangerous and most likely to result in a deadly car collision. Semi-trucks are incredibly large and slow to react therefore it is critical that other drivers give them a wide berth. For instance, in 2014, 3,660 people died in accidents involving large trucks. The best way to stay safe on the road is to familiarize yourself with no-zones around trucks.

No-zones are the dangerous areas around trucks. They are dangerous either because the driver cannot see you or the truck is unable to react to changing road conditions quickly. To help you stay safe, here are some tips on the four no-zones around a truck.

First, the rear no-zone is among the most dangerous because semi trucks lack rear view mirrors.… Continue reading

Getting compensation for commercial truck accidents

Due to their large size, trucks can potentially wreak havoc on the road if an accident occurs. As the size of other automobiles is comparatively small, the consequences of a truck accident may be deadly for those involved. Special care should be practiced, whether you’re the truck driver or a fellow motorist driving near the truck.

Commercial trucks are usually carrying heavy cargo. This cargo is often flammable or hazardous materials. It is the responsibility of the shipper and the truck company to properly label the cargo so that pedestrians and other motorists can take necessary precautions. It is the legal responsibility of the truck driver and the trucking company to show reasonable care towards pedestrians and fellow drivers. The driver should take special care, particularly on sharp turns.… Continue reading

Was your accident caused by negligence?

It only takes a split second to slam into an oncoming truck. In all likelihood, your motor vehicle is crushed. Usually, truck driving accidents involve huge 18-wheelers, which require very experienced licensed drivers with proper training.  If you feel an accident was brought on by the negligence or recklessness of the truck driver, you may have a claim for compensation.

If the driver’s blood alcohol concentration level in their bloodstream is above the .08, they are legally intoxicated. Drinking can cause serious impairments. This could lead to the driver to lose focus on the road. He or she may fail to obey road markings and traffic laws, which can put other drivers at risk.

Lack of sleep and fatigue due to long drives can also cause carelessness and negligence, resulting in an accident.… Continue reading

Active steering may be next phase in truck safety technology

According to industry suppliers, the next big phase in truck safety technology will be active steering. In the 1990s, it was anti-lock brakes and after that it was collision warning systems. The future will be some form of semi-autonomous active steeringg. This technology is already present in consumer vehicles like the Tesla Model S and the latest BMWs. Its reliability and usefulness for long-haul truckers is evident.

While companies testing the latest iteration of autonomous cars capture the news, tried and true methods that are tested in the market will be the real advances in safety technology. Active steering allows for the benefit of autonomous driving while keeping a driver in control in case something goes wrong. These technologies will be great during long-haul drives on relatively flat roads with few cars.… Continue reading

Study finds multiple factors result in large truck crashes

A major study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration examined the primary causes behind large truck crashes. It covered 120,000 crashes and limited its research to only serious or fatal accidents. The study was narrowed to 963 truck crashes which resulted in 249 fatalities and 1,654 injuries.

According to the study, driver mistakes were responsible for 87 percent of total crashes. The underlying causes being either: performance mistakes, decision errors, improper recognition or failure to properly perform. Performance mistakes accounted for 9 percent of crashes, decision errors accounted for the largest proportion at 38 percent, recognition accounted for another 28 percent and non-performance contributed the remaining 12 percent.

Driver non-performance occurs when the driver is disabled for some reason. It could be because he had a heart attack or because he fell asleep.… Continue reading

Truck accidents by the numbers

Trucks remain a necessary, albeit deadly, part of the road. Many trucks can weigh 20 to 30 times that of a passenger vehicle. They are often higher up, which can result in cars being pulled under and dragged. All of these factors add to the dangers of these pieces of machinery that dominate highways and streets. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compiles data to identify problem areas and reduce them to improve safety.

In 2014, 3,660 people died in accidents involving trucks. Only 16 percent of those fatalities were truck drivers, and the rest were passenger vehicle occupants (68 percent) and pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists (15 percent). Data have been collected since 1975, and they show a fairly consistent drop in fatalities for truck accidents.… Continue reading