Truck drivers are required to carry a special commercial driver’s license and comply with safety-focused federal regulations to keep them and others safe on the roads. These regulations govern everything, from vehicle safety requirements to mandates regarding driver behavior.
What Happens When a Truck Spill Causes an Accident
Commercial trucks carrying their loads of equipment, machinery, livestock, or simply generic items pose a danger on the roadways—and not just from poor driving. Whatever is in the truck can spill out, in the way of oncoming traffic in either direction. The cargo carried by the truck, if it spills or escapes or otherwise runs amuck, can wreak havoc on …
Dallas Truck Accidents
Every driver understands the trepidation when a large tractor-trailer pulls alongside him or her on the highway. The massive size and poor maneuverability of these vehicles can easily create a sense of unease, and smart drivers do their best to maintain a safe distance on the road.
Crash Between School Bus, DART Bus, and SUV Leaves Two Injured
Two passengers on a DART bus suffered minor injuries when a school bus collided with an SUV, which then hit the DART bus. According to an article in the Dallas Morning News, the crash happened near the intersection between Marsalis Avenue and 8th Street. The two passengers were taken to Methodist Dallas Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.
To Reduce Truck Accidents FMCSA Considers New Sleep Apnea Rule
Sleep apnea is a condition in which a sleeping person doesn’t get enough oxygen because of physical blockages in the airway as they sleep. A person who has sleep apnea might wake up many times during the night. This leads to poor rest, fatigue, and an increased risk of accidents. Including truck crashes.
Texas DOT Provides Tips for Driving Safely Near Large Trucks
A “large truck” may weigh between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds, making these trucks substantially larger than the average 3,500-pound passenger vehicle. They also require more space to accelerate and to stop, and their large size can make it difficult to see other hazards in the roadway.
Understanding the Special Risks Involved in Texas 18-Wheeler Truck Accident Cases
Trucking is one of the biggest industries in the United States today. Every day, thousands of 18-wheel tractor-trailers share Texas’s roads with passenger cars, smaller work trucks, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. These large trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and stand over 14 feet high. When an 18-wheeler collides with a 3,000-pound passenger vehicle, the results can be devastating …
FMCSA, Virginia Tech Begin Study of Truck Driver Fatigue and Safety
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute recently launched a study of truck driver fatigue and safety performance with funding from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Researchers at the Institute’s Center for Truck and Bus Safety will focus on the relationship between rest periods and driver performance in the study, currently called the Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Restart Study. Currently, …
Snow and Ice Driving Safety
As Winter begins to gear up in North Texas, an icy danger is brewing to the Northwest. This weekend, Dallas is expected to be glazed with a quarter inch of ice and, as we all know, Texans aren’t the best drivers in the Winter. It seems that when a North Texan sees any hint of white falling from the sky, …
5 Common Causes of Traffic Accidents
Accidents can occur when we least expect them. There are many factors that directly correlate to the severity of a car crash, but there are even more potential causes of a wreck. Arming yourself with the knowledge of various car accident causes will hopefully make you a more mindful driver in the future. Wrecks can happen to anyone, even movie …
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