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Commercial Vehicle Accidents Archives

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.

Driving too fast puts others at risk on the roads

Driving too fast for the conditions can quickly lead to a crash. Moving too fast for the conditions simply means that you're moving fast enough that it's not reasonable for the circumstances. For example, if you're traveling 70 mph in a 70 mph zone but it's snowing, you may be accused of driving too fast for the conditions. Wet roadways, construction zones, heavy traffic, intersections, curves and other factors may mean you have to adjust your speed.

Trial delayed in case involving the deaths of 6

If you've lost a loved one in a truck accident, you know how important it is to see that the individual who was responsible is forced to pay for his or her actions. Sometimes, that justice comes in the form of a criminal trial, like in this case. Unfortunately, if evidence is mishandled, it can slow the resolution of the case and the justice your loved one deserves.

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.

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