Our last blog post discussed how you can help keep yourself safe from truck accidents. Though these tips may prove to be useful, they are not fail-safe. Unfortunately, negligent truckers may make it impossible for you to protect yourself from a truck accident, regardless of how defensively you drive. And if you find yourself in a truck accident in Wake County, North Carolina, you might wind up with significant personal injuries that can be difficult to deal with.
Semi-trucks populate our roadways at a seemingly increasing rate. Though this may be good for commerce, it could spell trouble for commuter safety. The sheer size of big rigs can pose a hazard if driven improperly, and the results of a truck accident can be tragic. Victims may be left with serious, sometimes debilitating, injuries, and in far too many instances victims are killed.
This blog has spent some time discussing semi-trucks and how they can pose a danger to other motorists. Oftentimes, this discussion revolves around the sheer size of big rigs and the driving abilities of their truckers. While these are certainly important aspects, there are other issues related to semi-trucks that can affect motorists' safety. This week, we will briefly look at how cargo securement may come into play.
When people talk about car and truck accidents, they are often referring to collisions between two or more vehicles. While these types of wrecks are certainly quite common and cause significant destruction and personal injury, there is another type of accident that can be just as devastating but is not talked about as much. These accidents involve trucks that have unsecure loads or loads that are too big for the truck itself.
Our last blog post discussed the dangers presented by semi-trucks based on their massive size and the increased distance they need to stop. Though it is hoped that trucking companies and their drivers are well-aware of this issue, the seemingly constant news of tragic truck accidents portrays a different reality. If you have been injured in a wreck involving a semi-truck, then you know that the aftermath can be difficult to get through. You may find yourself having to cope with physical pain, emotional trauma and financial strife.
Semi-trucks play a pivotal role in our society. They move consumer goods across the country, allowing access to the products that we want and rely on in our day-to-day lives. However, despite their importance, these massive vehicles can pose significant risks to other motorists. A truck accident can cause not only significant property damage, but it might also leave victims with serious injuries. In the worst cases, victims may even be killed in these wrecks.
Truck drivers in North Carolina may be aware of the rules and regulations regarding working hours, which were established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA in order to improve safety on the highways. The goal is to ensure that drivers on the highways are not fatigued because of extended working hours because that is one major contributing factor in the number of truck accidents that occur on the highways. There may be some trucking companies that push their drivers beyond the limit without understanding the threat that fatigued drivers pose to other motorists and pedestrians on the road.
It probably goes without saying, the consequences of a North Carolina truck accident can be devastating for the occupants of the smaller vehicle that was involved in the accident. The situation is worse for the victim, if the smaller vehicle was as small and as lightweight as a motorcycle. A recent incident that occurred approximately one hour west of Raleigh, North Carolina, proves just that.
Commercial vehicles, such as trucks and other large commercial vehicles, which carry large loads in North Carolina, are subject to more stringent laws than other personal vehicles. Commercial vehicles, like trucks, offer their services for a price. With that in mind, in the event of an accident, the trucking company may find itself in the position of being indicted.
Truck drivers often carry very heavy loads on North Carolina roads. Many truck drivers drive at night or travel across state lines as part of their job. Truck drivers are usually commercial drivers who have been hired by the trucking company to use their trucks to help them succeed in business.