Commercial vehicle drivers are held to very high standards when they drive. That isn't because officials want to make a trucker's work life difficult. It is because the size and weight of these trucks makes them very dangerous on the roadways. Just last week, we discussed the case of the three family members who were killed in an accident with a trucker hauling metal. That trucker is now facing criminal charges, but that won't bring the family members back.
Three people are dead after an accident in North Carolina, out on Interstate 40, that involved a semi-truck and a family car. There were at least four people in the vehicle at the time, but it appears that the driver survived the accident. She is 54 years old.
As the operator of a passenger vehicle, you know that sharing the road with trucks is a way of life. No matter where you are driving, there will be times when you are in close proximity to large trucks.
It doesn't matter what type of car you drive, you know you have to share the road with others. This includes other passenger vehicles, as well as trucks and motorcycles. At times, you may also find yourself driving in close proximity to bicyclists and pedestrians.
While federal trucking regulations are normally focused on making the roads safer for truck drivers and others on the road, some are questioning whether the provisions in the 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development funding bill are in the public's best interest. The bill proposes an increase in how long truck drivers can drive without taking a break and would also increase the maximum length for double trailers.
On May 1, two parties filed suit against the employer of a commercial tractor-trailer driver for an incident earlier this year that resulted in injuries for 55 passengers of an Amtrak train. According to documents filed with the federal court in Greenville, North Carolina, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation and CSX Transportation Inc., have alleged that a North Carolina trucking company is responsible for the March 9 collision of an Amtrak train with a semi-truck.
As the driver of a passenger vehicle, there aren't many days when you don't encounter at least one truck on the road.
In North Carolina and all across the United States, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set up distracted driving rules and regulations that truckers have to follow. If you have been injured in a truck accident, make sure that you understand all of your legal rights to compensation, especially if the driver was breaking any of the following rules.
The raw statistics for fatal car accidents are often thrown around, especially when people are comparing the safety of flying to the level of safety that you get on the roads. At the same time, people often talk about how dangerous large trucks can be, especially to the other drivers on the highways and streets. How frequent are deadly crashes involving large trucks, though, when the data is broken down?
As you travel throughout the state of North Carolina, it is common to be surrounded by trucks and other commercial vehicles. This is particularly true if you are on a busy highway.