Trucking Accidents

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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What is the 60/70 Hour Rule?

It’s not hard to sympathize with commercial truck drivers when you consider how difficult their working conditions are: long, lonely hours on the road away from their families for days at a time, sitting in cramped conditions, dealing with the stress of traffic all day long, day after day. But when a tired or inattentive trucker causes an accident that takes innocent lives or leaves a person with catastrophic injuries, that’s where our sympathy ends. The fact that the terrible working conditions, and particularly fatigue, is a leading cause of commercial trucking accidents is well-recognized by both the trucking industry and...

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Commercial Truck Drivers and the Drug Use Problem.

We often take our safety on the road for granted. But if you happen to see the aftermath of an accident involving a big commercial trucking vehicle and a passenger car, or know someone who has been in such an accident, the fact that many professional truck drivers have a drug problem, just might have you vowing to never leave the house again. Truck Drivers and Drugs. Sadly, studies have shown that the use of “mind-altering substances” is high among commercial truck drivers. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), synthetic drug use among commercial drivers has significantly increased in recent...

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What Makes Trucking Accidents So Dangerous?

Accidents between passenger cars and big commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers, tractor trailers or semis, are often fatal—to the people riding in the car. But why? What makes commercial truck accidents so dangerous? In short, it’s because the differences between passenger cars and big rigs make the dynamics of what happens when a car hits a truck (or visa versa) much different than when a car hits another car. Here’s what we mean. Sheer Mass They don’t call them “big rigs” for nothing. One of the most obvious dangers of trucking accidents is the sheer mass of the commercial vehicle. Loaded, an 18-wheeler or commercial truck...

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