Few accidents involving large commercial trucks have as high a rate of fatalities as those involving underrides. According to the National Transportation Safety Board's director of highway safety, the big rigs "are not in any way crash-friendly."
A tearful defendant entered a guilty plea this month for multiple charges stemming from the April collision that maimed two highway workers for the Department of Transportation in North Carolina.
One of the initial stumbling blocks to ride-sharing was determining what occurs when a Lyft or Uber driver has an accident on the job. Who is responsible for the injuries and/or damages?
When it comes to alcohol and driving, most people realize the need to avoid drinking and driving. Even if you have never been cited for a DUI or DWI, you likely know someone whose life has been affected by a drunk driver. Unfortunately, this knowledge is often forgotten in the moment of deciding whether or not to drive after drinking, especially if it was only a small amount of alcohol. The holidays are a time of celebration, but whether you are toasting to the new year or sharing a seasonal eggnog with an old friend, there are some things about alcohol's effects on drivers that you need to keep in mind during this time of year.
Did you know that someone who wasn't even at the accident scene can, in some cases, be liable for the damages caused in the wreck? This can happen based around on the theory of vicarious liability. It means that the third party could have prevented the accident by not allowing the driver to get behind the wheel, but this wasn't done, and so that third party bears some responsibility for creating a dangerous situation.
You ride alongside them on the highway every day, but what do you really know about the large trucks sharing the road with you? Below are some interesting facts about commercial big rigs.