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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.

NTSB Outlines Accident 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 accidents 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.

Cellphones are not the only distractions for truckers

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, commercial drivers' inattention to the road is a major contributor to large-truck crashes. A 2009 study found that in 71 percent of cases, such accidents occurred when truckers were not focused on driving. As any Tennessee truck accident attorney would know, combating such behavior requires a full understanding of what causes driver distraction. Cellphone use, a commonly-discussed source of distraction, is not the only thing that may affect a driver's concentration.

Lower your risk of getting into a truck accident with these 3 tips

pSemiOnRoad_Depositphotos_24477957_m-300x200.jpgTruck crash fatalities rose by 27 percent between 2009 and 2013, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Predictions by the American Trucking Association indicate that the number of tractor trailers on the roadways will experience significant growth over the next six years. The increase in heavy freight traffic may cause a car accident lawyer in Tennessee to be concerned that collisions will continue their upward trend. Safety experts recommend that passenger vehicle drivers follow safety precautions to lower the risk of a crash with a large truck.

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