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Trucking Accidents On The Rise

Published on Sep 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm in Trucking Accident.

Kentucky Truck Crash AttorneyData from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that trucking accidents are on the increase. From 2009 to 2012, fatal crashes increased over 18 percent. CNBC.com suggests that the reviving economy has put more goods on the road and increased pressures on companies to make deliveries on time.

Numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

  • 4000 fatalities from truck crashes in 2012
  • 100,000 injuries from truck crashes in 2012

Causes

According to its interviews with victims and lawyers, industry and regulators, CNBC lists the following causes for fatal truck crashes:

  • Overly tired drivers
  • Companies not screening for problem drivers
  • Government regulators too slow to require use of new safety technologies
  • Passenger vehicles not driving safely around heavy trucks that have slow reaction times

Although identifying the specific causes of truck accidents and their remedies is an area where the trucking industry and those who would reform it disagree.

Tractor-trailer Doesn’t see Train before Crash

Published on Aug 27, 2014 at 2:16 pm in Trucking Accident.

A Kentucky truck/train crash made national headlines recently when security video footage showed the driver, maneuvering into the Warner Fertilizer Plant north of Somerset, Kentucky, completely blindsided by an oncoming train. The impact split the cab from the trailer and sent up a ball of flames and smoke, but the driver survived with some burns and is in stable conditions.

According to reports from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, the problem stemmed from the fact that there are two entrances into the fertilizer plant – one for southbound drivers and one for northbound drivers. The driver, a 27 year-old from Auburn, Washington, was traveling northbound just after 3:00 p.m. Friday. Having missed the north entrance, he was attempting to turn the 2015 Volvo tractor-trailer into the south entrance.

Trucking Industry Works to Roll-Back Driving Limits

Published on Jul 10, 2014 at 8:30 am in Trucking Accident.

In the days before the tragic semi-truck accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed comedian James McNair and critically injured SNL-alum Tracy Morgan, the trucking industry was lobbying Congress to undo limits on driver hours that had just been imposed last summer.

It’s still too early to know exactly what role fatigue might have played in this accident, but data shows the driver was near the existing federal limits.The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report on the crash. The initial report is based on data gathered from the on-board computer that tracks a vehicle’s movements and speed.

Who’s Liable for Trucking Accidents?

Published on Jun 18, 2014 at 8:11 am in Trucking Accident.

If you are involved in an accident with a commercial truck, you might think you can resolve it simply with the insurance company for the trucking outfit; unfortunately, most cases are far more complicated. Even though the truck that caused your accident displays a placard label from Acme Company, there may in fact be many parties that could be liable.

For example, a motor carrier might be leasing the truck from the owner of the equipment.

They will have entered into contracts dividing liability between each party for certain events, and stating which party is responsible for carrying the liability insurance. And there may likely be other players as well.

Deadly Semi Crash Critically Injures SNL Funny Man Tracy Morgan

Published on Jun 16, 2014 at 12:45 pm in Trucking Accident.

A tragic trucking accident has caught the nation’s attention in part because the accident involved well-known comedians. The Walmart truck crashed into a limousine van and killed comedian James McNair, called “Jimmy Mack,” and critically injured SNL alum Tracy Morgan.

The tragedy called attention to a serious matter, which is long haul truck drivers who drive too many hours and become sleepy behind the wheel. This accident occurred about 1:00 a.m. on the New Jersey Turnpike about 45 miles from New York City. The celebrities were returning to New York City, from a comedy show in Delaware. The truck driver failed to notice traffic slowing in front of him and tried to swerve out of the way but it was too late. He slammed into the comedians’ 2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and set off a chain reaction involving four other vehicles.