An uptick in fatal truck crash rates in recent years may attributable to tractor-trailer operators rushing to take a rest break so that they don't violate Department of Transportation regulations. The federal hours-of-service rule requires truckers to take a 30-minute break after driving eight hours and restricts them from driving in excess of 11 hours per each 14-hour period.
Tractor-trailers are critical to getting products to the market in the United States. While any time you see a big rig crash, it seems catastrophic, the industry as a whole has gotten a lot safer in the past years than it was a little more than a decade ago.
Truck drivers often have to work non-standard hours, getting up early, staying up late or even driving all night long. They do have to follow regulations about sleep and breaks, though, which may mean they wind up having to sleep during the day to catch up on their rest.
If you were asked to say where you believe that the majority of truck crashes occur, you'd probably say on an interstate. The truth is that nearly two-thirds of truck accidents happen in parking lots though.
Truck drivers and trucking companies are often to blame for a serious commercial truck accident, but not always. Frequently, a negligent or unlawful passenger vehicle driver -- or some other factor is to blame for an 18-wheeler crash and the truck driver and trucking company are not at fault. But what about jackknifing accidents in which the trailer behind a semitruck begins to wobble out of control until it results in a serious collision: Is the driver or transportation company at fault for these kinds of collisions?
Truck drivers get bored on the road. While many people think that the solitude and independence of driving a truck sound great, it can get old after months or even years on the road. So, to break this up, are drivers allowed to bring along passengers?
A three-vehicle collision involving a semitruck caused a woman from Texas City to be flown by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.
You're driving along a Texas interstate with a semi-truck in the lane behind you. After a while, you realize that the truck feels far too close to your back bumper. It makes you a bit nervous. Are you just overreacting because the semi towers over your passenger car, or is there a real danger here?
Drivers often suffer serious injuries or die when their cars are struck by tractor-trailers. While bone fractures or cuts are serious, victims often can recover from them.
A 30-year-old female bicyclist, who'd just set off on her bike after having a lunch date with her husband in Houston's Museum District, was struck and killed by a dump truck on Tuesday, April 24. The woman had apparently just parted ways with her husband, a Rice University employee, moments before the dump truck struck her rear tire as she entered a nearby crosswalk just before noon.