Trucking Accidents

The Importance of Trucking Logbooks

When two passenger cars get into an accident, things are generally pretty straight-forward. The parties exchange information, the police are called and make a report, pictures are taken, and the names and addresses of any witnesses are taken down. All of this later is used to investigate which driver was at fault (or to what degree each driver was at fault) and for evidence in a later claim or lawsuit. But when there is an accident between a passenger car and a commercial truck, like an 18-wheeler, tractor-trailer or other big rig, nothing is that simple. Trucks and the Federal Law Commercial trucking...

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3 Things That Can Cause A Commercial Truck to Jackknife

We share the road with commercial trucks every day. Our national economy relies on commercial trucking and truck drivers. But there’s no getting away from the fact that big rigs can be dangerous. A crash between a passenger car and an 80,0000 ton truck can mean catastrophic injuries or even death. Nor are trucking crashes limited to affecting only one passenger car. There are times when a truck accident can involve multiple cars. As when a tractor-trailer jackknifes. Jackknifing and Tractor-Trailers When an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer skids, and the trailer swings out onto the side of the cab, forming an “L” or “V”...

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Airplanes Have Them and So Do Commercial Trucks. The Commercial Truck Black Box.

In the (thankfully) rare instances when an airplane crashes, airline companies and the federal government need information to find out what went wrong, to prevent it from happening again. They do this by means of a “flight recorder” also known as a “black box.”(Why this is so when flight recorders are actually orange, is anyone’s guess.) A flight recorder is an electronic recording device that is in the aircraft. Its purpose is to record the airplane’s flight history. In the event of a crash, the information on the flight recorder can assist officials in investigating the cause of the crash. Commercial Trucks...

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Airplanes Have Them and So Do Commercial Trucks. The Commercial Truck Black Box.

In the (thankfully) rare instances when an airplane crashes, airline companies and the federal government need information to find out what went wrong, to prevent it from happening again. They do this by means of a “flight recorder” also known as a “black box.”(Why this is so when flight recorders are actually orange, is anyone’s guess.) A flight recorder is an electronic recording device that is in the aircraft. Its purpose is to record the airplane’s flight history. In the event of a crash, the information on the flight recorder can assist officials in investigating the cause of the crash. Commercial Trucks...

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Mechanical Issues are Huge When it Comes to the Big Rigs.

When it comes to legal investigations following a commercial trucking accident, most people look to the truck driver or the trucking company for negligence. For example, did the trucking company encourage drivers to drive over the required number of hours? Did they hire untrained drivers? Or, had the driver taken any drugs or alcohol? Was he texting and driving? These are just some of the usual (and normal) questions that are asked during any investigation of negligence in a truck accident case. While a thorough investigation of the company and the driver’s actions up to the time of the accident are a...

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How Trucking Companies Contribute to Truck Accidents.

When it comes to motor vehicle accidents and the issue of negligence, we generally think that it is the driver of the vehicle that is responsible whenever there is a crash. And for many car accidents, that may indeed be the case. But when it comes to trucking accidents—crashes involving 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers or other big, commercial vehicles—things are never quite so simple. While the truck driver can be at fault for an accident certainly, sometimes it’s not just the truck driver who failed to comply with his duty of care. Oftentimes trucking companies are responsible as well.. The Trucking Industry is Highly Regulated. Trucking...

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Evidence and Trucking Accidents. Why It’s So Important.

Just a few years ago (in 2015), Louisiana reportedly had 5,460 trucking companies in the state. It is said that over 78% of the local communities in Louisiana rely on trucks to transport their goods. Given that many trucks on the roads and the difficult conditions truckers face (long hours, lack of sleep) it shouldn’t come as a surprise that statistics show that commercial trucks are involved in 8% of all fatal crashes each year in Louisiana. Since commercial trucking companies face enormous costs if held liable for personal injuries or deaths caused by a trucking accident, after an accident, the...

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Asleep at the Wheel: A Serious Trucking Issue.

Every year over 110,000 people are injured and more than 5,000 are killed in motor vehicle accidents involving commercial trucks. If that’s not scary enough, one study conducted by the Harvard School of Medicine – Sleep Medicine Division reported that nearly half of all semi-truck drivers admitted to having “drifted off” while driving a long-haul route. Sleep Deprivation. Sleep deprivation is a common cause of big rig accidents. Long-haul truck drivers are on the road driving from coast to coast. They sit all day, alone in a cab, driving in traffic.  Their hours are irregular and truck  drivers work nights, weekends...

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Being Overweight is Never Good, But in Commercial Trucks, It’s Downright Dangerous.

Have you ever wondered what makes an accident between a car (or, heaven forbid, a motorcycle) and a commercial trucking vehicle so horrendous? Mass. The sheer size and weight of 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, and semis that are frequently loaded down with large quantities of products or heavy equipment cause these massive vehicles to be extremely dangerous for other drivers on the road. And, things get worse if a big-rig is overweight. The Dangers of Being Overweight. While we all understand the danger that being overweight can pose to one’s health, when it comes to big rigs, the stakes are even higher. Overloaded trucks pose a significant threat...

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Trucking Accidents: Big Rigs, Catastrophic Injuries and Lots of Potentially Responsible Parties.

Trucking is big business. According to the U.S Department of Transportation (“DOT”), trucking accounts for 70% of the total tonnage and 71% of the value of all goods shipped in this country, and many truckers travel at least 600 miles to get to their destination. That puts a lot of trucks on the road for long distances. In Louisiana alone, each year, the average number of fatalities from tractor trailer accidents is over 100, while injuries from trucking accidents are over 3,000. Big Accidents, Catastrophic Injuries. Big rigs are more likely to be involved in fatal multiple vehicle crashes—(as opposed to single-vehicle...

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