Residents of North Carolina understand that driving a commercial vehicle requires different skills than driving a non-commercial vehicle. Because of their sheer size, a commercial vehicle accident, delivery truck accident or a garbage truck accident is more likely to result in severe injuries, or even death, than a non-commercial vehicle accident.
Usually, when two vehicles of unequal sizes collide in an accident, the extent of damages that the smaller vehicle is likely to sustain is much greater. For that reason, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are always at a greater risk of injuries and even death. One such recent accident, which involved a bus and a sports utility vehicle, occurred in Highway 70 near North Carolina 581.
Motor accidents involving commercial vehicles have become a big concern for authorities across the United States, including those in North Carolina. Interstate highways are the site of many motor vehicle accidents involving commercial vehicles every day and sadly, many lives are lost in these accidents.
Driving a truck loaded with cargo is not an easy task. Due to the sheer size of the vehicle and the load it carries, it becomes all the more necessary for a truck driver to exercise caution while operating this type of vehicle. According to trucking regulations followed in North Carolina and elsewhere, truck drivers are required to take adequate breaks to avoid driving fatigued.
A commercial vehicle accident can have a greater number of legal implications than a personal car accident, given that the incident may also directly affect the driver's employer. A report from 2010 showed that motor vehicle accidents were the top cause of work-related fatalities and accounted for almost one-quarter of occupational injuries that were fatal.
In the wake of an increase in commercial vehicle accidents in North Carolina and the rest of U.S., the time has come for authorities to analyze the reasons and circumstances under which such collisions occur. In order to ensure the safety of commercial vehicle drivers, as well as all drivers on the road, necessary steps are imminent and steps are already being taken to reduce commercial vehicle accidents.
Many children travel by school bus throughout North Carolina. In most cases, children travel safely because school districts follow state laws to ensure that children are safe. Still, bus accidents occasionally happen, which can injure and even kill passengers.
No parent wants to think that a child on a school bus is in more danger than any other vehicle on the road. Usually they are just as safe as if they were being driven to school by a parent. One recent accident involving a school bus 50 miles east of Durham, however, probably has some parents thinking about other ways to get their kids to school.
Unfortunately, commercial vehicle accidents are quite common on North Carolina's roads. It seems like newspapers are often flooded with reports of a commercial vehicle accident. Help may be on the way, though. According to a recent proposal by the U.S. government, commercial vehicles, such as trucks and buses, would have to be equipped with electronic devices that record the operational time of the vehicles. It is hoped the new regulation, if implemented, would reduce the number of wrecks by keeping tired drivers off the road. Drivers of these vehicles would no longer be able to lie, as the device would show the actual length of time the vehicle was in operation.
It is not uncommon for a trucking company to make unreasonable demands on their drivers. Drivers are often expected to make unrealistic deadlines -- and to do so, they sometimes speed or sacrifice necessary rest. There are federal trucking regulations that set in place a number of expectations that apply only to drivers of commercial vehicles. When a driver fails to abide by these regulations, either the driver or the trucking company may be found liable for whatever damages result from an accident.