Any truck accident has the potential of causing severe injuries and even death in the most traumatic incidents. At the very least, the damage to the vehicles in the vicinity of the truck is likely to be extensive. A truck driver can significantly reduce the likelihood of any truck accident occurring by taking three simple steps. Here are 3 highway safety measures all truck drivers should consider.
Although semis are among the sturdiest and powerful vehicles on the open road, they can become unstable and dangerous when high winds come in contact with them. Recently, a notable wind-related accident involving a trailer that occurred in Virginia Beach served as a sobering reminder of how vulnerable commercial trucks are when they have light loads.
It can be difficult to determine liability in a commercial truck accident, even when the trucker is at fault. Being that the driver is an employee of a trucking company, there are many instances when the trucker is not personally liable for damages. Here are some basic things to put into consideration when determining liability in a commercial truck accident.
While Tesla sports cars have become an attractive poster child for electric cars, other vehicle manufacturers have quietly implemented electric treatments in vehicle categories that you might not expect. These include cargo haulers, school buses, drayage vehicles, and garbage trucks. While these efforts are less publicized, the production of medium and heavy-duty electric vehicles is increasing across the board.
The recent launch of Uber Freight corroborated claims made by CEO Travis Kalanick that their goal was to “[reinvent] transportation.”
This innovative service is the newest offshoot of Uber—with the objective of eliminating the middleman and linking shippers with truckers. The new app lists all routes and jobs available for the driver. The driver can also see the contents of the load and the compensation for the haul. Once they arrive and deliver the contents of the load, they can reopen the app and find their next job.
Being a truck driver is always going to be considered a dangerous job due to the high possibility of accidents and fatalities. However, there are some stretches of road that are far more dangerous than others. Whether it be due to other drivers and traffic congestion or simply due to the condition or location of the road, these roads are statistically more dangerous to commute on. In the spirit of keeping you safe on the road, here are five of the most dangerous roads in America.
At the end of March 2017, the truck manufacturer, Navistar, announced that it would have to recall over 2,700 of its International trucks. This is due to a problem with the air dryer mounting bracket, which was found to be weak and at an increased risk of breakage. This could lead to the air dryer pulling away from the truck frame and cause further leaks in the truck’s air system This includes a possible loss of pressure in the air brakes and a subsequently increased risk of crashes.
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.
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.
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.