Truck drivers are required to carry a special commercial driver’s license and comply with safety-focused federal regulations to keep them and others safe on the roads. These regulations govern everything, from vehicle safety requirements to mandates regarding driver behavior. Read the rest »
Commercial trucks carrying their loads of equipment, machinery, livestock, or simply generic items pose a danger on the roadways—and not just from poor driving. Whatever is in
the truck can spill out, in the way of oncoming traffic in either direction.
The cargo carried by the truck, if it spills or escapes or otherwise runs amuck, can wreak havoc on the highways and cause multiple accidents, injuries, and headaches for those driving on the road. Read the rest »
Every driver understands the trepidation when a large tractor-trailer pulls alongside him or her on the highway. The massive size and poor maneuverability of these vehicles can easily create a sense of unease, and smart drivers do their best to maintain a safe distance on the road.
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Two passengers on a DART bus suffered minor injuries when a school bus collided with an SUV, which then hit the DART bus. According to an article in the Dallas Morning News,
the crash happened near the intersection between Marsalis Avenue and 8th Street. The two passengers were taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. Read the rest »
Sleep apnea is a condition in which a sleeping person doesn’t get enough oxygen because of physical blockages in the airway as they sleep. A person who has sleep apnea might wake up many times during the night. This leads to poor rest, fatigue, and an
increased risk of accidents. Including truck crashes
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A “large truck” may weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds, making these trucks substantially larger than the average 3,500-pound passenger vehicle. They also require more space to accelerate and to stop, and their large size can make it difficult to see other hazards in the roadway. Read the rest »
Trucking is one of the biggest industries in the United States today. Every day, thousands of 18-wheel tractor-trailers share Texas’s roads with passenger cars, smaller work trucks, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. These large trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and stand over 14 feet high. When an 18-wheeler collides with a 3,000-pound passenger vehicle, the results can be devastating or even deadly.
As a result, cases involving large truck wrecks differ from ordinary car accident cases. Texas attorneys with experience handling 18-wheeler truck accident claims understand these differences and use them to the advantage of their clients. Read the rest »
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute recently launched a study of truck driver fatigue and safety performance with funding from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Researchers at the Institute’s Center for Truck and Bus Safety will focus on the relationship between rest periods and driver performance in the study, currently called the Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Restart Study.
Currently, truck drivers are required to take a 34-hour “restart period” at the end of each work week. During the restart period, they may not drive or be on duty, and they are expected to get needed sleep.
This study recruits approximately 250 truck drivers in order to examine their restart period habits, fatigue levels, and safety performance on the road. Researchers plan to examine drivers’ rates of crashes, near-crashes, fatigue and alertness, and other measures of short-term health over a period of five months. Read the rest »
As Winter begins to gear up in North Texas, an icy danger is brewing to the Northwest. This weekend, Dallas is expected to be glazed with a quarter inch of ice and, as we all know, Texans aren’t the best drivers in the Winter. It seems that when a North Texan sees any hint of white falling from the sky, they are stricken with panic and completely forget how to operate a motor vehicle. Driving in the snow and ice is dangerous enough, but driving on an ice rink that’s full of wary, hesitant drivers is very dangerous. Accidents from icy weather are very common; prevent an accident these next few months by following these tips for safe winter driving, preparation, and emergency response. Are you prepared for travel in snowy, icy situations? Read the rest »
Accidents can occur when we least expect them. There are many factors that directly correlate to the severity of a car crash, but there are even more potential causes of a wreck. Arming yourself with the knowledge of various car accident causes will hopefully make you a more mindful driver in the future. Wrecks can happen to anyone, even movie stars who can been seen driving at breakneck speeds on the silver screen. Paul Walker, of Fast and the Furious
fame met his untimely demise earlier this week due to a fiery, high-speed car crash. In his case, all the signs point to speed being the main factor for his vehicle’s loss of control. Paul Walker was the passenger in a Porsche Carrera GT, one of only a handful made, when Roger Rodas lost control of the vehicle. Walker and Rodas both were caring gentlemen, who had a passion for philanthropy. Their deaths have occurred too soon, but looking forward, maybe this news can serve as a reminder to stay safe out on the roads. Look out for these common car crash causes, and drive safely out there! Read the rest »
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