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Can Truck Drivers Have Their Licenses Revoked?

Published on July 16, 2024

Trucking Industry

Have you ever pulled up to the back of a semi-truck with a sign asking, “How am I driving?” That is usually accompanied by a phone number that will let you call the trucking company and tell them exactly how their employee is driving. According to the Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2020 report published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there were 168,000 truck accidents that year, with 32% of those incidents involving injury and 3% involving fatalities. There is room for improvement. Given [...]
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Where Do Most Truck Accidents Occur?

Published on July 16, 2024

Truck Crash Statistics

Even though they don’t happen as often as car crashes, truck accidents always make the news. That's especially true if the collisions trigger traffic jams and fiery explosions. Any time you get behind the wheel of your car, you need to be on alert for the potential for a wreck. When you approach a truck, you have to be extra diligent. It will help to know when, why, and where most truck accidents occur. Types of Roadways Where Tractor-Trailer Crashes Happen A good day for the Insurance Institute [...]
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Why Are Larger Vehicles Like Trucks Less Stable?

Published on July 9, 2024

Trucking Industry

The many freeways and Interstates of the Pacific Northwest allow for massive amounts of commercial trucking, connecting us across the nation and around the world. An unfortunate reality of this, however, is that driving larger vehicles like commercial trucks (and sharing the road with them) can present unique challenges compared to smaller vehicles. While trucks are essential for transporting goods and heavy loads, their design and function inherently make them less stable. Below, we’ll explore why larger vehicles like trucks are less stable, emphasizing the key elements that [...]
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How Long After a Truck Accident Settlement Do I Get Paid?

Published on July 9, 2024

Truck Accident Settlements

Take into account the number 154,993. That’s the number of individuals injured in traffic accidents that involved semi-trucks in a single year, according to data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Reaching an agreement in a personal injury case helps bring a sense of closure to the plaintiff. Anyone involved in this type of incident will ask, “How long after a truck accident settlement do I get paid?” The answer depends on who is cutting the check and who is advocating for your cause. Five Steps [...]
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What You Need to Know About Hazmat and Hazardous Material Transport

Published on July 2, 2024

Trucking Industry

Last year, a tractor-trailer flipped over on a Massachusetts highway, spilling over 10,000 gallons of gasoline, making it one of Massachusetts's costliest hazardous materials spills in the last decade. That incident sparked  an investigation from CBS News that contained alarming statistics, including that "over the last 10 years, the number of big rig accidents involving hazardous materials has jumped two and a half times, an increase of 155%." Since there are over two million hazmat shipments daily in the U.S., drivers need to know about hazmat and hazardous [...]
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Understanding the Difference Between a Truck Accident Settlement and a Verdict

Published on July 2, 2024

Truck Accident Settlements

How serious are accidents involving big rig trucks? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets the minimum amount of liability insurance that a trucker must carry is between $750,000 and $5,000,000 (depending on what's being transported). An accident claim can generate a remedy for the victims in that range of amounts and possibly even more if you factor in punitive damages. Understanding the difference between a truck accident settlement and a verdict could impact the final compensation number. The Verdict A verdict is the conclusion of a [...]
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How Often Do Truck Accidents Happen in Work Zones

Published on June 25, 2024

Truck Crash Statistics

As you approach any work zone, traffic naturally seems to slow down. That is how it should go. Unfortunately, many motorists and truck drivers tend to ignore the warnings, which can lead to some serious collisions. How often do truck accidents happen in work zones? According to the National Workzone Safety Information Clearinghouse, there were a total of 96,000 work zone crashes in 2022. Of that number, 282 fatalities were caused by commercial vehicle crashes. Common Causes for Truck Accidents in Work Zones Work zones can involve projects [...]
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Why is it Called a Semi-Truck?

Published on June 25, 2024

Trucking Industry

In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word "semi" is defined as "partial or incomplete." It seems odd that there would be anything "semi" about a truck that weighs up to 80,000 pounds and can be over 70 feet long. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, there were over 2.7 million registered tractor-trailers in our country in 2020, a number which has likely increased since then. So, why is it called a semi-truck? It's the Trailer In the northeast, folks call a semi-truck a tractor-trailer. In the south, they are [...]
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Why are Eyewitnesses so Important in Truck Accident Claims?

Published on June 18, 2024

Truck Crash Investigation

According to reports by the National Safety Council (NSC), more than 117,000 trucks are involved in crashes resulting in injuries each year. Another 6,000 crashes result in one or more fatalities. Truck accidents can result in devastating consequences, causing injuries, fatalities, and significant property damage. In the aftermath of such incidents, gathering evidence is crucial for determining liability and seeking compensation for victims. Eyewitness testimony plays a vital role in truck accident claims, providing firsthand accounts of the events leading up to the collision. Let’s take a closer [...]
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Is Collision Avoidance Technology Mandatory?

Published on June 18, 2024

Truck Crash Prevention

The federal government passed a national seat belt law in 1968. Once passed, it required all auto manufacturers to make those safety devices standard in every new car. That didn’t mean drivers and passengers had to use the belts; it just had to be installed on new vehicles. Washington adopted its mandatory law in 2002. Today, collision avoidance technology (CAT) might be the new “seatbelt.” President Biden’s Transportation Secretary, Pete Buttigieg, has proposed a law to make collision avoidance technology mandatory on all new cars. According to NBC [...]
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