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What Is the Braking Distance for Large Trucks?

Published on March 20, 2024

Truck Crash Prevention

If you think about all the factors that result in crashes, a motorist's inability to fully slow their vehicle to a halt in time to avoid running a red light or stop sign or colliding with the rear of another automobile is at the top of that list. Wrecks like these aren't unique to passenger cars, though. They commonly affect tractor-trailers, too. That's why it can be helpful for drivers to know the braking distance for large trucks. Continue reading as we'll go into the ins and outs [...]
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What Evidence Does a Truck’s “Black Box” Collect in an Accident?

Published on March 12, 2024

Truck Crash Investigation

If you've ever watched the news in the aftermath of a plane crash, then you've likely heard a lot of discussion about whether its "black box" has been recovered yet by investigators. These event data recorders (EDRs), as they're also called, are critical to investigations into what caused accidents like those and are also extremely important for determining what contributing factors to tractor-trailer wrecks were too. Below, we'll discuss what evidence a truck's black box collects in an accident and the importance of that data if you decide [...]
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What Is a Pre-Trip Inspection?

Published on March 5, 2024

Truck Crash Prevention

If you have a commercial driver's license (CDL), then you most likely already know what a pre-trip inspection is. However, those of us who only typically drive passenger cars might not be aware of this requirement and what exactly it obligates a tractor-trailer or operator of another commercial motor vehicle (CMV) to do. We'll answer all of those questions below. What Is the Federal Regulation That Mandates Pre-Trip Inspections? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rule 392.7 requires truckers to perform pre-trip inspections to confirm the commercial [...]
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How the Death of a Movie Star Changed Tractor-Trailer Safety

Published on February 27, 2024

Trucking Industry

Actress Jayne Mansfield was at the height of her Hollywood career in the 1950s and early 1960s. However, her success came to an abrupt end in late June of 1967 when she was traveling between appearances, and the sedan she was in collided with the rear of a tractor-trailer. That collision resulted in Manfield's immediate death. However tragic the circumstances under which she died, the premature loss of such a well-known figure in Hollywood did spark change. Below, we'll go into detail about how the death of a [...]
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What Does a Spoliation Letter Do in a Truck Accident Case?

Published on February 13, 2024

Truck Crash Investigation

When you’re involved in a vehicle collision with another driver, you expect the insurance companies (both yours and that of the other driver) to handle the claim properly. And, if the police were involved, you expect a police report to give the facts of the case and prove you weren’t at fault. But what happens if evidence (such as photos, video, or witness statements) or even the other person’s vehicle, suddenly disappears? Or, what if you or your lawyer believe that the at-fault driver, their lawyer, insurance company, [...]
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Can a Truck Driver Keep Their CDL After Causing a Serious Accident?

Published on February 6, 2024

Trucking Industry

When a large vehicle such as an 18-wheeler or other transport truck causes an accident, the results are often catastrophic for both the trucker and any other cars involved. When severe damage and injuries or even death occur as a result of the accident, we may wonder if the truck driver will have their commercial driver’s license (CDL) suspended or revoked or if no such penalty will happen. The quick answer is: it depends. Each truck crash is different, and CDL revocation depends on the details of the [...]
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Kevin Coluccio Authors Article on Truck Driver Routes in ATAA Newsletter

Published on January 25, 2024

Trucking Industry

Attorney Kevin Coluccio recently drafted “Duties & Responsibilities of Route Planning.” The article was published in the latest edition of the Academy of Truck Accident Attorneys (ATAA) newsletter. It discusses the duties and responsibilities of route planning for motor carriers and commercial drivers in the context of truck accidents. “Before beginning any journey, the commercial driver must approach their trip with the primary goal of the safe operation of their equipment and public safety.” In the article, Kevin emphasizes the importance of pre-planning routes to ensure safety and [...]
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What Dangers Does a Trucker with Sleep Apnea Pose to Other Drivers?

Published on December 26, 2023

Truck Crash Prevention

In the bustling world of transportation, truck drivers play a pivotal role in keeping goods moving across our nation. However, there's a silent threat that can compromise the safety of our roads – sleep apnea. Accidents resulting from driver fatigue number more than 100,000 per year in the US alone. These accidents cause 71,000 injuries and 800 preventable deaths on average and cost up to $20 billion annually, with an average cost per accident of $91,000. (more…)
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What Are the Best Ways To Pass Tractor-Trailers Safely?

Published on December 22, 2023

Truck Crash Prevention

As you travel along interstates, state and U.S. routes, and highways, you're bound to encounter tractor-trailers en route carrying goods to and fro. While, in many cases, you'll find that truckers are traveling at or above the posted speed limit, that's not necessarily the case with some. Sometimes it’s not safe for truckers to drive fast, and you may feel the urge to pass them. For many, it can feel daunting the prospect of passing such a large and heavy vehicle. You may worry that a trucker won't [...]
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