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Commercial Vehicle Accidents Archives

Drunk driving and alcohol: A bad combination for truckers

No truck driver should ever be on the roads if he or she has been drinking. According to federal regulations, drivers with a commercial driver's license (CDL) may never drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over .04 percent. That's half the normal limit for passenger vehicle drivers.

Should you call an attorney to a truck crash scene?

Commercial vehicle accidents happen all the time. Many occur when truck drivers don't see others in their blind spots. For instance, if you're driving alongside a semi on the highway, the driver may not notice you and attempt to enter your lane. If that happens, there may be nowhere to go, and you could end up in a serious collision.

What are commercial DUI laws?

Unlike the typical driver, commercial drivers have special regulations they must follow in regards to drinking alcohol and driving. Anyone who has a commercial driver's license, or CDL, must follow federal regulations and are held to a higher standard when it comes to DUIs.

Yes, companies do hire people with DUIs to drive commercially

As someone who has been in a crash with a drunk truck driver, it may surprise you to know that new truck drivers may have a DUI or DWI in their pasts. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states that a second DWI or DUI results in the disqualification of a driver from obtaining a commercial driver's license for life. However, a single DWI will not.

Safety technology could be a distraction to drivers

While car safety features are, on the whole, a great way to reduce injuries and to prevent accidents from happening in the first place, they aren't always what they seem. There are some who believe that car safety features can be dangerous, even though these features are designed to keep passengers and drivers safe on the roads.

Rollover crashes: Speed and attention matter

Driving on the highway next to semitrucks and trailers is always slightly frightening. The drivers are just human, and the size of the vehicle could lead to problems they can't stop. One of those issues is a cargo tank rollover accident.

What are some myths about icy roads?

There are several myths to clear up regarding the dangers of icy roads. For instance, did you know that it's not necessarily carelessness that leads to ice-related crashes? Yes, some are, but data has shown that people driving at normal speeds may lose control of their vehicles when they hit ice. It's the drivers who have no warning of ice who tend to cause crashes.

Drivers taken off the roads after violating safety regulations

When you're on the road with commercial drivers, you want to know that they're safe. The problem is that not all trucking or commercial businesses take safety seriously. Some push for longer hours while others try to get through their shifts without breaks. They may not take care of the fleet, resulting in maintenance issues on the trucks.

Why are truck accidents so dangerous for other drivers?

Commercial vehicles weigh up to 25 times more than personal vehicles. As a result, a crash with a commercial vehicle can be devastating to those in a passenger vehicle. The larger vehicle could crush the cabin, cause the front end to burst into flames or crush the vehicle from behind, pinning people inside and requiring emergency help to free them.

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