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It's a commercial driver's responsibility to be safe

Commercial vehicles come in many shapes and sizes, but one thing is true of all of them: They're heavy. A large box truck, a semitruck, tow trucks, buses and other vehicles weigh thousands of pounds more than the passenger vehicles around them. As a result, any kind of crash has a tendency to result in injuries for those in the smaller vehicles.

As someone who has been involved in a crash with a commercial vehicle, there are a few things that you may want to look for. To start with, you may want to determine if:

  • The driver was intoxicated
  • The driver was driving while drowsy or fell asleep behind the wheel
  • The driver was using digital devices or texting
  • The other driver was distracted
  • The driver's license was expired
  • The commercial driver's medical records were up to date

Speeding is a risk that truck drivers shouldn't take

Reckless driving is something that can cause crashes that take lives. No driver should act recklessly, but truck drivers should be particularly cautious not to cause collisions.

There are a few actions that everyone can agree are reckless. Some of them include:

  • Going around railroad barriers
  • Swerving
  • Passing school buses that have a stop sign down
  • Racing other drivers
  • Passing in dangerous areas
  • Speeding

WalkBikeNC attempts to reduce injuries and deaths for pedestrians

North Carolina is a beautiful state to live in. It's warm almost all year, which means that pedestrians can jog, walk and run, ride bikes and otherwise enjoy the outdoors every season.

Unfortunately, there are a great number of pedestrian and cyclist crashes that happen each year. Since there is such a high risk of pedestrian crashes, the state implemented WalkBikeNC in 2013. This is a comprehensive plan for improving cycling and walking conditions all around the state.

What happens after a fatal car crash?

Losing a loved one in a car crash is horrible, and you may feel completely lost. Many people don't know what happens next or how to deal with the many things that have to happen soon after a collision.

It's good to know what happens after a fatal car crash, so that you have some understanding of the steps to take next. Here's a little information about what you can expect.

Going out on your motorcycle? Here's why you're at risk

If you want to ride your motorcycle, you are probably already aware that doing so could put you at risk of being involved in a crash. Even if you drive only during the day and during times when there isn't much traffic, it takes only one person to make a mistake and hit you.

To avoid injuries, make sure you put on your helmet (it's a law in North Carolina to wear a motorcycle helmet and for that helmet to comply with Federal Vehicle Safety Standard 218) and stay aware of your surroundings.

5 killed in serious collision on Interstate 485

When a driver isn't obeying the speed limit and isn't driving safely, it's more than fair for a family who has lost their loved ones to pursue a lawsuit or claim against them. Distractions, negligence and reckless behaviors put everyone on the roads at risk.

Take, for example, this case that took place on Interstate 485. A driver caused a multivehicle collision that resulted in the deaths of four people in one vehicle by striking a box truck.

Truck drivers need to pass their biennial medical exams

There are many medical conditions that can affect truck drivers. That's why they are required to pass a physical exam and to obtain a medical card from the Department of Transportation.

Truck drivers need to pass several tests before they can get their licenses. Some include color distinction tests, cardiovascular tests and blood pressure testing. These tests and others make sure that the driver is as healthy as possible if they're going to be driving such a large vehicle.

Falling down the stairs: Your landlord could be liable

You were enjoying a day out around town when you remembered that you needed to buy groceries. You picked up a few bags and headed home, where you had to walk up a new set of exterior stairs to reach your apartment's entrance.

As you reached the top of the flight of stairs, the step you were on suddenly gave away. You fell backwards, and you ended up tumbling down the stairs. Two other stairs broke on the way down.

Why do fatal crashes happen?

Did you know that over 38,000 people living in the United States die as a result of being involved in motor vehicle collisions each year? The U.S. traffic fatality rate is a shocking 12.4 deaths per 100,000 people, which is why you see so many crashes on a daily basis.

What's most shocking is that the United States has around 50% more crash deaths compared to any other high-income country. Those other countries include Japan, Canada and Australia to name a few.

How do you know if a truck driver is drowsy?

Sharing the road with even the safest of commercial truck drivers is nerve-racking. These vehicles are big, they travel fast and some truckers don't really care about anyone else on the road.

Throw in the fact that a trucker could become drowsy while driving, and you have a recipe for disaster.

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