Truck Accidents and Cargo Spills: A Fatal Recipe
There is no doubt that a regular truck accident can be extremely dangerous, but what happens when you add hazardous materials to that combination? A truck accident involving a cargo spill can easily become even more disastrous to you and anyone around you. Aside from their already massive strength and size of 80,000 pounds, it…Read More
American Pickup Trucks in 2023: Bigger, Heavier, Deadlier
Back in 2021, we covered a topic we believe deserved more conversation: the lethality of today’s SUVs. As the number of pedestrian crash deaths in the US steadily rises each year, it is becoming increasingly obvious that there is a correlation between car size and lethality. A variety of studies have proven this link, with…Read More
Defective Brakes Are Deadly in Commercial Trucks
Truck accidents can happen at any moment for various reasons, but defective parts and lack of maintenance are always at the forefront of these devastating accidents. In a recent Roadcheck from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, inspectors found that over 25% of out-of-service violations were due to faulty brake systems. Additionally, there was no change…Read More
Fatal Truck Accidents Reach a Crisis Level
With the pandemic dying down, traffic numbers are rising– and so are the number of fatal truck accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports a 13% increase in fatal truck accidents between 2020 and 2021. The same report states that traffic fatalities in 2020 were the highest across the board since 2005, with…Read More
I Was in a Truck Accident – Can I File a Claim Against the Trucking Company?
Just driving next to a heavy-duty truck can be frightening. The sound, the size, the wheels – it is intimidating. Experiencing a collision with an enormous truck is more than scary; it can be emotionally and physically devastating for the driver and occupants of a passenger car, who tend to be the fatally or seriously…Read More
How Is Broker / Shipper Liability Handled in Truck Accidents?
When it comes to truck accidents, victims often hold truck drivers or trucking companies liable for their injuries. While these two parties should be held to account for their roles in truck accidents, there are other parties that can be held liable for a victim’s injuries. Brokers and shippers in particular are two parties whose…Read More
The FMCSA Has Proposed New Rules to Make Trucking Safer
Many people are preparing themselves to reach new goals in the new year – including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The organization plans to recommend several new rules that revolve around the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs), automatic emergency braking systems (AEBs), and roadside truck inspections. These new rules are all designed…Read More
Hazmat Violations Plaguing the Trucking Industry
What if, when driving alongside a commercial truck, you had to worry not only about the possibility of a fatal truck accident, but also being exposed to hazardous materials in the midst of the accident? Unfortunately, that is the reality many motorists find themselves in due to the notorious hazmat violations that have been broken…Read More
Proposed Changes to Vision Standards for Truckers
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) released a report from its medical review board concerning its plans about the federal driver vision standards. The agency plans to tighten federal driver vision standards for drivers with vision loss in one eye, while finding ways to simplify the process for qualified drivers. The agency first expressed…Read More
What Is the FMCSA Hours-of-Service Waiver?
Many dangers can stem from a truck driver’s fatigue. When a truck driver is tired, his or her vision, reaction time, and judgment are extremely impaired. Fatal trucking accidents can occur due to fatigue, such as rollovers or sideswipes. To prevent fatigue from happening to truck drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) established…Read More