Passenger vehicles and commercial trucks share an uneasy coexistence. Truck drivers face industry pressure to get to their destination fast and many car drivers don’t know how to handle their vehicles in the presence of a big rig. Look at the 30,000 pounds a semi-truck weighs and the average 4,000 pounds a passenger car weighs. There’s not much doubt about who will take the … [Read more...] about How Industry Pressure Causes More Truck Accidents
The number of highway accidents caused by commercial trucks is in the neighborhood of 500,000 a year. About 1 percent of those will result in a fatality. There are 3 common causes of semi-truck accidents and all are rooted in the structure of the trucking industry itself. Let’s take a look. #1: Fatigue There are federal regulations in place for how long drivers can be on the … [Read more...] about 3 Main Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents
Do you feel a bit of extra tension when you have to pull alongside a semi-truck on the highway? Does the prospect of driving along the interstate when it seems there are eight trucks to every “regular” car make you nervous? Then you’ve probably at least thought about the prospect of being on the wrong side of a collision with an 18-wheeler. If it does happen, who is liable in … [Read more...] about Is the Driver or Company Liable in a Trucking Accident?
If we can all just seriously think for a moment about the actual comparison of an 18-wheeler (around 80,000 lbs) to a passenger vehicle (around 5,000 lbs), and how one of those massive trucks could literally squash our cars like a grape, we wouldn’t hesitate to know the rules of driving safely with them. Unfortunately, so many of us are so busy rushing to where we need to go … [Read more...] about 3 Tips for Driving Safely Around 18-Wheelers
Depending on which road or highway you’re driving on, it seems like 18-wheelers are everywhere and in abundance. But you’d be surprised to know that there currently is a shortage of truck drivers. The number is pretty astounding: 60,000 drivers are needed. Some believe the number is probably closer to 100,000. Reasons for truck driver shortages There are several reasons for … [Read more...] about How a Looming Truck Driver Shortage Might Endanger Everyone