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What factors affect a trucker's braking speed?

One of perhaps the biggest mistakes that passenger car operators make is assuming that truckers can stop just as fast as they can. There are many factors, including speed, grades and weight, that make this impossible. While there's nothing much that a tractor-trailer operator can do to avoid an accident if a motorist cuts in front of them, there are steps that truckers can take to minimize their chances of causing other crashes.

How are truckers' hours of service rules changing on Sept. 29?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's updated hours of service plan goes live on Sept. 29. Four primary changes will go into effect on that day. Many traffic analysts fear how these updated regulations could adversely impact driver safety in the future.

Always drive safely when you're sharing the road with semitrucks

Driving near a semitruck on the road is something that many children enjoy. However, allowing this to happen for a prolonged period could put everyone in your vehicle at an increased risk of being involved in a crash. Around 5,000 fatalities, 140,000 serious injuries, and approximately 450,000 crashes every year involve these very large vehicles.

Unsecured items and cargo on semitrucks can cause wrecks

Truckers must ensure that all cargo on their trucks is secured properly so that it doesn't cause a hazard to other drivers on the road. But, their duty to keep things secure doesn't stop only with cargo. They must ensure that everything attached to their rig, including unused straps, ladders and similar items are all secured.

Determining cause in a semitruck crash is important

Semitruck crashes pit a large, heavy vehicle against a much smaller and lighter one. This can lead to considerable injuries to the occupants of the personal vehicles. When this happens, the injured individuals will need to seek medical care, which can end up being a costly endeavor. They might opt to pursue a claim for compensation to help them recover the damages they're having to cover.

Truckers aren't always at fault for semitruck wrecks

Most truckers operate their rigs in a safe manner because they understand the risks of aggressive behaviors when they're behind the wheel. It's important for anyone who suffers an injury in a big rig crash to remember that there's a chance that it wasn't the trucker's fault. There are many causes of these wrecks that can come into the picture.

Semitruck crashes can lead to financial devastation for victims

Semitrucks are large and heavy vehicles that can do a lot of damage to smaller vehicles. When this occurs, the occupants of the smaller vehicle can suffer considerable injuries. These include things like brain or spinal cord injuries. In some cases, the person's life might be dramatically different after the crash than it was before.

Are there factors that make a truck accident unavoidable?

Trucks are very large vehicles. Not only are tractor-trailers several times the length of your average sedan, but they also weigh anywhere from 20 to 30 times the weight of your average car. They can't be driven similarly. Truckers, in particular, need considerably more time to stop and maneuver their 18-wheelers.

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