Truck Accidents

A variety of health issues prevent truckers from being as attentive as they should when behind the wheel. They create alarming safety hazards for other drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Obstructive sleep apnea is an especially concerning condition, as it prevents drivers from obtaining the quality sleep they need to remain alert on the road.  Marked by numerous breathing interruptions while sleeping, apnea causes daytime drowsiness and reduced concentration — potentially deadly problems for commercial truck drivers. Recent efforts left concerned individuals hopeful for a future free...

Vehicle technology is always improving. The latest active safety features reduce the risk of collision, while advanced airbag technology minimizes likelihood of injury in the event of a crash. Unfortunately, today's vehicles are far from perfect, as evidenced by a recall initiated by Fiat Chrysler in May, 2017. This recall has drivers worried about the reliability of software in select Ram trucks, which may not be as safe as owners were led to believe. Why the Recall? Fiat Chrysler's May recall was sparked, in part, by two...

We’ve all seen 18-wheelers drift onto the shoulder and wondered what was going on in the cab. Was the driver looking at a map? A phone? Eating? Lighting a cigarette? Drowsy? Truck drivers get tired driving long stretches of highway for hours on end, and there's no doubt exhaustion is a real danger. Linked to exhaustion for many drivers is sleep apnea, which, along with high blood pressure and diabetes, is a prominent health problem experienced by truckers. Each of these health problems can lead...

We all want there to be fewer accidents on the road. While the goal is simple, the way to achieve it is far more complicated. Many ideas revolve around speed. Research done at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that 33,000 deaths that occurred between 1993 and 2013 were caused by increases in speed limits. Currently, 41 states have speed limits of 70 mph or higher, including six that boast limits as high as 80 mph and one with some roads that allow a...

The trucking industry has its own unique vocabulary. Terms like “float shifting,” “gooseneck lowboy,” “glad hands,” “deadheading,” and “bobtailing” are likely unfamiliar to most people. The last two have to do with the way a truck is operating, which can have a direct bearing on road safety. Deadheading means driving with an empty trailer, while bobtailing refers to driving the tractor/cab/rig without any trailer at all. Each situation comes with its own risks that can cause accidents. Bobtailing It might seem that a tractor would perform the...

Tight shipping deadlines, low pay, and high fuel prices are just some of the factors that are putting more pressure than ever before on truck drivers -- and these conditions do not seem likely to change any time soon. Tractor-trailer drivers constantly deal with tremendous demands to get to their destinations on time. This can lead to high stress levels, which can manifest in aggressive and dangerous driving. About 33% of the truckers in the U.S. will be involved in at least one serious accident...

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