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.
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.
People who travel on the highways in this area have probably seen large tanker trucks. Many drivers don't think anything about sharing the road with these trucks, but there are times when them can cause wrecks that seriously injure or kill motorists.
Jackknifing can occur when a trucker loses control and the trailer they're towing and becomes inverted in an L or V shape. This type of issue can occur with commercial vehicles and less experienced drivers who might be using a trailer as part of a move, relocation or towing a boat or camper.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Semitrucks traverse the Baton Rouge area on a daily basis. With the Atchafalaya Basin bridge, I-10 and I-12 in the area, there are lots of challenging areas. These truckers must ensure they're awake and alert when they drive because parts of these routes, such as the ramp near Tigertown, don't leave much room for errors.