In addition to the federal regulations, employers can also implement their own drug and alcohol testing policies. Transportation companies which employ commercial drivers are wise to do so for many reasons.
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Safety Topic - Large Trucks
While that sounds like good news for Americans, trucking companies and others are recruiting drivers who are 65 years old and over to fill these vacant commercial truck driver spots, a move that many have warned will translate to increased danger on our highways. Let’s take a look at the facts.
Frequently, there are multiple contributing factors to blame. Unfortunately, driver error is the main cause of many truck accidents; and when it’s a truck driver’s mistake, the size of the vehicle alone inhibits their response time.
A 2013 study by American Trucking Associations found that more than 70 percent of truck/passenger vehicle accidents are caused by the driver of the car. Here are safety tips from our Bullhead City truck accident attorneys that will help to keep you from becoming a statistic.
A recent study by the Atlanta Regional Commission indicates that the metropolitan Atlanta area can expect a large increase in commercial trucking traffic to support an increase in population and the growing distribution and warehousing industries in the area. How will this traffic increase affect residents and visitors? Learn more here...
Recent estimates from the industry suggest that trucking companies could add as many as 48,000 more drivers nationwide to address the increased shipping demands spurred by the country’s economic recovery.
Here are just four ideas floated by trucking industry experts that may help undercut the dangerous American trucker shortage.
Our accident and injury attorneys see the driver shortage for what it is: One challenge to doing business in the commercial transportation industry.
Here’s another challenge, and one that is certainly linked to the trucker shortage, according to the American Trucking Associations: High driver turnover.
Despite the size discrepancy, most car/truck collisions are caused by aggressive or unsafe behavior from the driver of the automobile.
Our Yuma personal injury attorneys have the following tips to help reduce the chances of becoming involved in large truck accidents in Yuma.
In his new book "There are No Accidents, Only Collisions," longtime Arkansas car accident and personal injury attorney Alan LeVar outlines many things that drivers should know with regards to sharing the road with big rigs and tractor-trailers. Go here to learn more...
The issue of truck accident prevention and speed limits received increased media attention in recent months as several states nationwide are considering increasing highway speed limits. The problem with this move, according to trucking industry leaders, is that most big rigs are not equipped to go more than about 75 miles per hour. Truck tire blowouts are of particular concern when big rigs travel at higher speeds. Learn more here about how speed is a factor in Arkansas commercial truck accidents.
The trucking industry is attempting to make major changes to our country’s highway safety rules, revisions that could seriously jeopardize the safety of countless drivers. And yet few people even know that such sweeping revisions are even being discussed. Read more here about these proposed changes that may affect your safety on New Mexico roadways.
All trucking companies have the duty to exercise reasonable care in hiring drivers due to the devastating consequences of not following guidelines set forth by the state and government. Negligent hiring and retention is based on the standard that the employer directing activity through an employee is subject to liability for the injury resulting from careless conduct. Read more here in this in-depth article.
New regulations mean that now CDL drivers must have their examinations done by medical professionals trained specifically on what to look for in drivers. A USDOT medical exam assesses a number of conditions that could affect a driver’s ability to safely operate the vehicle they are driving. Go here to learn more about these regulations and how they will improve safety on our roads.
Though semi tractor trailers are designed to carry heavy loads, they can be overloaded. When a truck carries more than it is supposed to, major, catastrophic wrecks can occur. These wrecks, as they tend to happen on interstate highways at high speeds, can happen on any road. It’s a sad fact that many trucks are overloaded typically, on any given day. Truckers and their companies are under pressure to maximize each trip, and sometimes this means trucks are loaded too heavy, or too quickly so they are not properly balanced. If you or a loved one were hit by a commercial truck, it would be hard to tell if overweight or improper loading contributed to the wreck, or increased its severity unless you know what to look for. If this is a factor in your accident, then someone you love, or yourself, was hurt from negligent behavior. Were you hit by an overloaded truck? Learn more.
Truck accidents that involve negligence can cost commercial trucking companies millions of dollars in liability, and they know it. These kinds of accidents can be complex, and the companies have resources to put on these cases, and fight them tooth and nail. If you’ve been involved in an accident with a semi-truck trailer, you have options for how to best approach what happens next. The trucking company, rest assured, will have a team of lawyers backing them. What about you?