Jackknifed commercial trucks are not always liable in a claim

When a large commercial truck jackknifes, the damage can be immense. Many of us have seen this sort of devastation while driving down the highway as several vehicles and the contents of the truck's trailer are strewn across the median. Even in an accident that thankfully does not involve fatalities or serious injury, the property costs alone can be astronomical.

Many potential defendants in a truck accident

When a commercial truck accident occurs, the victims may face more difficulty that they expect determining which parties hold liability. In consumer car accidents, the matter is typically fairly simple, usually falling to one driver or the other to pay for the damages. However, in truck accidents, the matter may prove significantly more complex.

Keep yourself safe while sharing the road with commercial trucks

When consumer drivers share the road with a large commercial truck, the drivers must understand how to behave around such a large vehicle to keep themselves safe and avoid potentially catastrophic accidents. Many drivers do not realize just how different and challenging it is to drive a large commercial vehicle, and do not behave safely when driving near them.

Protecting your rights after a commercial truck accident

When a commercial truck is involved in an accident, an already complicated circumstance has the potential to grow much more complex. In many cases, the victims involved in the accident are not familiar with the legal issues at hand, and may not realize that crucial evidence often disappears into the air once the respective parties leave the scene.

Fatigued truck driving still a problem despite regulations

Last year, over 3,800 people died as the result of crashes that involved trucks. Just 16 percent of those fatalities were the truck drivers or others inside the trucks. A whopping 69 percent were people in passenger vehicles. Fifteen percent were motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. These last two groups are at a significant disadvantage in a collision with these giant vehicles.

Winter weather brings increasing risk of truck crashes

Even here in the southeast, winter weather can be unpredictable. In fact, a snow or ice storm can be more dangerous in a state like Georgia where drivers aren't used to them than in states where they're a regular part of winter driving. In recent years, weather throughout the country has been more unpredictable than ever.

Dedicated advocacy for the victims of truck crashes

As most people make their way to work, school, the store or other everyday destinations via the highways, they generally aren't too concerned by the many trucks traveling in their immediate vicinity. That's because they trust that those behind the wheels of these mechanical behemoths are both competent and conscientious.

Truck-school bus crash kills 15-year-old, injures multiple others

An accident involving a tractor-trailer and a school bus on Aug. 29 claimed the life of a 15-year-old Valdosta, Georgia, girl. Additionally, 20 of the nearly 30 Lowndes High School students on board, as well as the bus driver, were injured. The crash occurred on Interstate 75 in Valdosta as the students were en route to their school.

Is a lower national speed limit for trucks about to become a reality?

For nearly a decade, road safety advocates -- including Roadsafe America and the American Trucking Associations -- have been working diligently to convince federal agencies such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to introduce a lower national speed limit for the nation's trucking fleet.

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