Considering the sheer number of miles traveled by commercial drivers and the many dangers they encounter while on the road, it should come as no surprise that large truck accidents are relatively common. In fact, more than 4,300 people died in these crashes in 2016 alone. Passenger vehicle occupants are especially vulnerable in such wrecks [...]
In an effort to keep drowsy truckers off the road, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration devised the hours of service regulations, which apply to both commercial drivers hauling cargo and those transporting passengers. These regulations limit the number of consecutive hours truckers can stay behind the wheel without resting. If a commercial driver violates [...]
Tractor-trailers weigh up to 20 times more than the average car, so it’s no surprise that the occupants of smaller vehicles tend to suffer the worst of the impact in these accidents. Brain trauma, whiplash, and broken bones are all common injuries in truck crashes, and thousands of people die in these collisions every year. [...]
The dangers of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are obvious, but people rarely consider themselves unable to drive if they are sleep deprived. In reality, though, drowsy driving can be just as risky as drunk driving. According to the National Sleep Foundation, lack of sleep has similar effects [...]
Slow reaction time, poor psychometric coordination, reduced alertness—the effects of fatigue on a driver's performance are similar to those of alcohol. The Hours of Service (HoS) Regulations were introduced to prevent drowsy-driving accidents in the commercial trucking industry by limiting the number of hours drivers can spend behind the wheel. Tragically, many truckers violate [...]
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration releases annual information regarding fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents. Time and time again, many of those fatalities are caused by commercial trucking accidents. These accidents are very, very serious and often result in life-changing injuries or death. If the accident involves a large truck and a smaller, passenger [...]
The National Transportation Safety Board recently announced that one of its priorities in 2016 is addressing the issue of safety among trucks and truckers on the road. The NTSB has...
The State of New York is unfortunately home to many truck accidents each and every year that result in a number of accidents. Drivers, pedestrians, and others have suffered injury...
In New York, the economy depends on over-the-road freight drivers to transport goods from elsewhere in the country. However, the size and weight of these tractor trailers puts people in...
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