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Commercial Vehicle Accidents Archives

Interstate travel with large trucks is perilous for drivers

Truck drivers need to get enough sleep to avoid causing crashes. Distractions caused by drowsiness along with drowsiness on its own can lead to serious collisions. Truck drivers have the potential to take breaks throughout their shifts, so there is no excuse for acting in a way that puts their lives or the lives of others at risk.

What are the commercial DUI regulations?

Commercial drivers are held to a higher standard than a noncommercial driver. For example, did you know that commercial drivers cannot drink within four hours of driving a commercial vehicle? Additionally, they may not have a BAC of .04 or higher while they're behind the wheel. They must submit to alcohol tests randomly after a crash and if there is reasonable suspicion that they may have be intoxicated.

Truck drivers must obey construction zone rules, too

Commercial drivers are behind the wheel of some of the largest vehicles that are on the roads today. They perform tasks that must be done, but many drivers are on unrealistic schedules or not taking the breaks they need. When it comes to the summer, they face many different hazards on the roads, and if they miss the signs of these hazards, they could cause collisions.

What happens if I am in a trucking accident?

A motor vehicle accident involving a semi truck in Tennessee can be a lot more catastrophic than a collision involving two cars. After all, a typical big rig that is fully loaded can weigh 25 times more than a car. If you have been hurt in a trucking accident caused by the truck driver, you have the right to seek justice in civil court.

Why commercial truck accidents are so dangerous

Have you ever been driving down the highway in Tennessee, caught between a number of big-rigs, and noticed how small your sedan felt? Even drivers in full-sized pickups and SUVs have felt this difference, and it can be rather unnerving.

Tired truck drivers may not even realize they're fatigued

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has put rules in place regarding how many hours truck drivers can work during a week, when they need to take breaks and more. The idea here is to keep truckers from being overworked and overly fatigued behind the wheel. After all, many are paid based on production -- such as the amount of miles driven -- and so they could be tempted to work even when it wasn't safe to do so.

Federal truck regulators may use BMI for trucker apnea testing

Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition where the muscles of the throat relax during sleep and close off the airway, which leads to periods of breathing cessation and accompanied by loud snoring. This condition causes poor sleep that is not restive or restorative and leads to excessive daytime drowsiness.

How can large truck fatalities be reduced?

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a goal of zero highway fatalities in 30 years. That is a lofty goal, given the fact that in the first half of this year more than 17,000 individuals died in motor vehicle crashes and that is a 10 percent increase from the same period in 2015. This is bad news considering that in 2014 we had reached a record low with highway fatalities.

Is less supervision for new truck drivers a good idea?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced that it will allow a major trucking company to use unsupervised drivers who have completed their training for a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) but who have yet to pass their driver's test in the state that grants their license.

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