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Can you get compensated for a commercial vehicle crash?

Louisiana drivers like you face many different roadway hazards, including other vehicles. For example, 18-wheelers and other big industry trucks can cause a lot of problems if they hit another, smaller vehicle. McGlynn, Glisson and Mouton, injury attorneys, are here to help you out if you've gotten into a crash with one of these giant vehicles and suffered from injuries because of it.

Do trucker's medical qualifications affect road safety?

Louisiana drivers like you share the road with many different vehicles. Some of the most potentially hazardous are the large commercial trucks. While most companies use stringent procedures to ensure that their drivers are in top form, there are unfortunately some areas where unqualified truck drivers might make the cut.

Substance testing and truckers

Louisiana residents who are concerned about truckers that might be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while operating their big rigs should know that the federal government has been working to address this issue but a glitch in the effort was recently discovered. In the past few years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration passed what it called the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule.

Truck crashes a problem in Louisiana

Whether as a driver or as a passenger you have no doubt come up alongside of a semi truck or other very large commercial vehicle in Louisiana. This experience can lead to a moment when you become all to aware of just how much larger these rigs are than your standard passenger vehicle. This significant size difference can become a big factor in a crash. The need for truckers to operate their vehicles safely is hugely important to all people.

Underride guards: the push to make truck accidents less deadly

When a Louisiana passenger vehicle crashes into the back or side of a huge semitrailer truck, the results almost always are deadly. As Forbes reported earlier this year, when a car hits the high-riding trailer of a large truck, the car keeps going, sliding underneath the trailer and shearing off its roof in the process. Everyone in the car, especially the driver and front seat passenger, are at high risk for death by decapitation.

What do truckers deal with that may increase the risk of a crash?

The chances are likely that whenever you are on the road, especially on a freeway, you will encounter large trucks making their deliveries. You already know that semis can cause devastating injuries to other motorists in a collision, but you and other Louisiana residents may not understand the pressures that truck drivers are under, which may increase their chances of getting into an accident.

How many hours can a trucker work?

Most people in Louisiana have what one might call a reasonable fear of being involved in an accident with a big rig. Semi trucks are so large that anyone in any type of standard passenger vehicle would be at a serious disadvantage in a crash. Motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians have even less protection and stand to face even more serious consequences if hit by a commercial truck. Fatigue is a commonly known factor in some large truck crashes but there are strict rules in place by the federal government designed to minimize this risk.

Older truck drivers see increase in crashes

In Louisiana and across the country, accidents involving commercial trucks can be deadly. With heavy trucks traveling at high speeds, it might be a surprise to learn that big rig drivers are growing steadily older, making some worry about how safe that makes the roads.

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