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Truck Accidents Archives

What must be proven to prevail in a truck accident case?

Large trucks carry goods all throughout the country and to stores and retail centers right here in North Carolina. Though most trucks and commercial vehicles safely make it to their destinations, others are involved in serious vehicle accidents while out on roads and highways. This post will examine some of the general elements that victims of truck accidents must prove in order to win their civil cases; readers are cautioned, however, that as every truck accident case is different, consultation with personal injury attorneys is imperative to understand how particular cases will be addressed under the law.

Fatigued drivers and sleep apnea

North Carolina residents may be surprised to hear that approximately 28 percent of commercial truck drivers are afflicted with mild to severe sleep apnea according to a study sponsored by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This finding magnifies the dangers posed by fatigued drivers.

Tuck accidents: truck safety slowing down

The U.S. Department of Transportation is delaying measures aimed at preventing truck accidents. Once again, it put a hold on regulations mandating training requirements for large truck and bus drivers even though Congress has requested these regulations for at least 26 years. This inaction has the potential to affect all motorists in North Carolina and nationwide.

New device can prevent truck crash deaths

A truck accident involving a car colliding into the underneath side of a semi-truck, known as a side underride crash, can be deadly. North Carolina residents may be interested to hear that estimates by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) indicate that an underride crash was related to approximately 50 percent of the fatal accidents between a large truck and passenger vehicle.

Truck accidents: group seeks stronger truck safety rules

Regulations should be amended to require logging devices, hair testing, speed limiters and other safety features that could prevent truck accident deaths and injuries, according to the Trucking Alliance. The advocacy group, comprised of freight transportation carriers, made this request in a recent letter to U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao.

Truck accident deaths rise

In 2015, 4,067 people in this country were killed in accidents involving a large truck. This was a four percent increase from 2014, according to a February 2017 report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A large truck is classified as a medium or heavy truck with a gross vehicle weight rating over ten thousand pounds.

Representing spinal cord injury victims after truck accidents

A previous post on this blog discussed the potential impact spinal cord injuries can have on a Cary, North Carolina, resident after he or she suffers one in the course of a serious car or truck accident. Indeed, while serious spinal cord injuries can happen in a variety of contexts, one need only think about the sheer size of a truck compared to car to realize the risk of a serious injury to the back or neck whenever a truck is involved in an accident.

3 facts about spinal cord injuries after semitruck crashes

Semitruck crashes can produce some very serious injuries. If you have a spinal cord injury from a semitruck accident, you might decide to seek compensation. There are many different factors that can affect your case. Some of the most compelling are the effects of the spinal cord injury. Not only can seeking compensation help you to hold the trucker and trucking company accountable, but it can also help you to get the financial backing you need to continue to support your wife and children.

Is there a limit on the time a trucker can drive?

Most motorists who drive in the area of Cary, North Carolina, probably recognize the serious danger of fatigued drivers operating large trucks or other commercial vehicles. Aside from just using common sense and not driving when too tired, many truck drivers and trucking companies have an obligation to follow specific federal rules pertaining to how long they can travel before needing to stop and rest.