Category: Kentucky

Lower Speed Limits Could Reduce Accident Rates

Speed is dangerous and is cited as a contributing factor in a considerable number of truck accidents. As the number of vehicles traveling America’s roads continues to increase, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is considering a proposal that would limit the top speed of commercial motor vehicles. The DOT’s proposal would lower the speed limit to 60… Read more »

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Driver Fatigue is Being Blamed for the Increase in Truck Accidents

A Heavy Truck Crash Causation Study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) found that the truck driver was the critical reason for 87 percent of the truck crashes analyzed. Approximately 19 percent of the total accidents were due to driver fatigue. When a large truck… Read more »

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The Rise of Big Rig Robots: What Happens After an Accident

The rising number of autonomous vehicles makes determining fault after an accident more difficult. Someday all motorized vehicles will likely be self-driven, but until that point, humans and machines must work together. Determining fault after an accident with human drivers is not straightforward. Factoring in non-human drivers brings up even more questions. An experienced truck accident attorney can… Read more »

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Fatal Dump Truck Accident Underscores High Risk of Backover Deaths in Work Zones

According to Virginia State Police, 38-year-old Felimon V. Aizpuro II and 50-year-old Debbie S. Huffman both died in a dump truck backover accident at the intersection of routes 11 and 340 in Augusta County during a highway maintenance project. Huffman was killed instantly. Aizpuro died of his injuries a short time after medical help arrived… Read more »

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Fatigue is a Costly Cause of Casualties

Drowsy truck drivers are a dangerous and deadly threat to public health. It’s estimated that truck crashes cost the US economy roughly $99 billion a year in the form of lost wages, lost commerce, and expensive medical bills. It is estimated that roughly 30% of fatality, and 15% of injury crashes involving large trucks are… Read more »

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Larger, Heavier Trucks Could Make Roadways More Dangerous

According to the United States Department of Transportation, larger, heavier trucks are associated with a higher risk for serious large truck accidents than smaller, single trailer trucks. Not surprisingly, law enforcement officials, safety leaders, elected officials and even individual truck drivers themselves agree. In fact, a recent poll reveals that an alarming 95 percent of… Read more »

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E logs: Are They More Effective, and Do They Violate the 4th Amendment

Semi truck accident attorneys see lots of accidents where truckers are fatigued or have logged too many hours. E-logs are supposed to remedy this situation. Many trucks must have an e-log device in the next two years, but over 10,000 independent truckers are challenging that ruling in court. They claim that the e-logs are are a violation… Read more »

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Distracted Driving Still a Problem for Truckers

Despite the attention that distracted driving and large truck accidents has had in the media over the last few years, and federal laws which are geared towards reducing the number of accidents due to distracted driving, recent investigations reveal that distracted driving still remains a problem for truck drivers. In fact, distracted driving plays a… Read more »

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Affect of Sleep Apnea On Safety of Truckers

A truck driver’s health directly impacts their ability to operate a big rig truck safely. One often overlooked issue that affects a truckers ability to safely do their job are respiratory conditions. Sleep Apnea Nearly one third of truck drivers have sleep apnea. One problem is that the condition is under diagnosed. Persons with the… Read more »

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