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False ELD Certifications Raise Questions

ELD, or electronic logging devices, are used to do just that, log. They keep track of the miles driven, hours of operation, and various other details of a truck driver’s commute. These devices are checked by supervisors as a way to keep track of a particular driver’s commute statistics. The information acquired can be used to reprimand a trucker for disobeying driving regulations or put toward statistics that analyze truck driver commutes. Read more

The Most Frequent Truck Driver Violations

Many Oklahoma-based motorists often encounter a sense of discomfort when they pass near 18-wheeler trailers. Trucks and trailers are much heavier and longer than any other passenger vehicle. For this reason, any collision with such trailers can lead to fatal or serious injuries to the small vehicle occupant. Read more

How Accurate are Truck Simulators?

Vehicle simulators, in general, have been considered an ideal way to replicate the experience of actually operating the vehicle. There are simulators available for just about any motor vehicle: from racecars to jet planes. Many simulators are so accurate that they have been used in court to reenact specific situations. This technology allows an everyday person and experts alike to get a first-hand experience operating a vehicle that they may otherwise never be able to. Read more

Is Dealing With Trucking Company Insurance Different from Regular Insurance?

Commercial vehicle insurance is a specialized type of insurance protection designed to provide comprehensive liability coverage for businesses. In most states, business operators who use personal vehicles for company purposes must also carry commercial vehicle insurance because personal auto policies do not cover accidents that occur while conducting business duties. The insurance covers employees as well as company owners or management officials and offers extended amounts of coverage, depending on the type of policy chosen by the business manager. Accidents that occur while conducting business can often result in extensive financial damages by exposing the business to liability beyond standard accident injury compensatory claims, such as a shipping company being sued as an additional respondent in an owner-operator truck accident. Read more

Finding Out if You Need New Tires for Your Truck

Commercial vehicle maintenance is usually not a subject matter that people take care of constantly. In many case, they wait until the moment in which the vehicle becomes damaged to fix it. This is the same case with tires; a worn out set of tires can put them and fellow commuters in danger. Knowing the life expectancy of your vehicle’s tires are can be very difficult. This article will give you a pretty good idea of how to know when you need to replace those tires. Read more

What to do After a Truck Hit-and-Run?

A truck accident can be one of the most traumatizing experiences you ever go through. These immense commercial vehicles and semi trucks carry heavy loads that can range from logs to hazardous waste. The feeling of being struck by a truck is like no other. The sheer power of the vehicle can put you into a state of shock, leaving you feeling helpless. As if being struck by a truck wasn’t bad enough, the truck driver decides to drive off rather than wait for the authorities to come. This leaves you with a severely battered vehicle, injuries, and alone. To help you through this tough time, we have outlined the steps you should take following a truck hit-and-run. Read more

Top 3 Reasons Why Trucks Shouldn’t Drive in the Left Lane

You can expect to see a few commercial trucks and 18-wheelers when you merge onto the interstate for your commute. What you should not expect to see is one of these vehicles occupying the middle or the left lane (the fast lane). These are large vehicles and the seemingly simple task of switching lanes can put many drivers in the line of danger. One of the worst things a truck driver can do is switch lanes regularly or linger in the fast lane too long or at all. Read more

Are Truck Driver Screening Regulations Too Lenient?

Since the early 60s and 70s, truck driving has been a popular occupation for Americans. The relative simplicity of the job and seemingly relaxed standards made it a go-to option for those who didn’t mind spending hours — even days — on the road. These same qualifications are now being scrutinized as truck driver fatalities have risen 11.2 percent in the past 5 years. Are truck driving regulations too low? Follow us as we take a look at the current truck driver screening process. Read more

Who is to Blame in Most Truck Accidents?

An accident involving a commercial truck has the potential of being much more catastrophic than an accident with two personal-use vehicles. A fully loaded commercial vehicle has the potential of weighing up to 25 times the weight of a typical vehicle it’s sharing the road with. The vast difference in sheer size and basic laws of physics is why accidents involving big rigs have the potential of resulting in serious, and at times, fatal accidents. While of this may be true, there is still one question left unanswered: who is at fault in most truck accidents? We have taken the time to identify some instances where either a truck or a passenger vehicle can be at fault and when both can be at fault. Read more

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