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Truck Wrecks Archives

How much driving can a trucker do each day?

When you drive a truck in Tennessee, you may sometimes think you are up to driving for another hour or so. Regardless of how tired you are, though, you typically have to pull over after driving for so many hours. This is because trucking regulations dictate how long you can drive each day.

How do truck rollover wrecks happen?

Large commercial trucks are a common sight on Tennessee's freeways and city streets. While you know that 18-wheelers are important for transporting goods across the country, you may also realize that they can be dangerous for others driving nearby. While any collision with a big truck can be devastating for those in a smaller vehicle, rollover wrecks may be particularly harrowing.

Federal Regulators Look to Limit Commercial Truck Speeds

truck-1499377_1280-Pixabay-240x161.jpgThe Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have identified the speed of large commercial trucks and buses as a large contributor to fatal truck-involved crashes in the U.S. The size and weight of these large vehicles make it much more difficult for them to stop. The stopping distances for commercial trucks and buses are much higher than are those for smaller vehicles, and the stopping distances increase even further when the vehicles are traveling at faster speeds. In order to try to reduce the average 1,115 deaths that are caused by large trucks each year, the two agencies have proposed the mandatory installation of speed limiting devices on large trucks and buses. A trucking accident attorney often represents clients injured by trucks driving too fast or carrying too much weight.

Improperly Loaded Trucks Put Tennessee Drivers at Risk

semi-trailers-534575_1280-Pixabay-240x161.jpgWith such massive size and weight, semi trucks are already dangerous to maneuver, but when these monstrous vehicles are overloaded or loaded improperly the results can be catastrophic. Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides a detailed handbook that describes the proper methods for loading a semi truck to drivers, loaders, trucking companies and inspectors, these regulations are all too often followed incorrectly, or entirely ignored. Unfortunately, these actions put unsuspecting motorists at risk for serious injuries or even death.

How Braking Distance Changes

Big rig accidents are often linked to braking problems. Braking distance can be impacted by many factors, including speed, vehicle maintenance, and road conditions. A semi truck accident attorney should review these factors with victims following a collision.

The Fiery Dangers of Fuel Tanker Wrecks

Wrecks with fuel tankers pose a considerable risk of serious injury or death when they are involved in an Wreck. Recent statistics show that there are over 100,000 fuel tankers cruising down American roads. Each of these trucks can carry between 5,5000 to 11,600 gallons of fuel in their tanks. When these tanks rupture in an automobile Wreck, it can cause fires, explosions, and/or toxic exposure that can have a severely negative impact on an individual's health. Explosions and Fires are Real Risks Each year, between 80 and 100 victims die from fires that occur when a fuel truck is... 

The Causes of Semi-Truck Rollovers

Semi-truck rollover accidents are frequently caused by improper loading, poorly maintained roads, unsafe driving behaviors, driver error, and a lack of stability control equipment. Rollovers account for roughly 3% of all large vehicle crashes, yet they are responsible for causing more than half the deaths to truck drivers or the vehicle's occupants. Moreover, should the semi-truck topple over a passenger vehicle or pedestrian, there is every likelihood that the rollover will cause serious injuries or fatalities. In 2012, there were 112 single-vehicle, and 40 multiple-vehicle rollover...

NTSB Outlines Wreck Prevention Goals

shutterstock_181443284-e1453972845246.jpgMore trucks and cars are sharing America's roads than ever before. This is creating new problems and increasing the likelihood of truck related Wrecks and injuries. To reduce the potential for danger, technology, training, and new regulations are being utilized to protect truckers and the occupants of passenger vehicles.

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