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Truck Accidents Archives

You pay the price when a trucker is distracted

No words can describe the horror of losing a loved one in a tractor-trailer accident or the struggle that follows. If you also suffered injuries in the accident that took the life of your loved one, you are probably working toward recovery in the midst of your grief. To learn that the driver of the truck was using a cellphone or otherwise distracted when the truck veered toward your vehicle probably stirred many strong emotions in you. Unfortunately, distractions in the cab of a truck are not a rare occurrence.

Truck-car accidents still common, despite heavy regulation

Semis and tractor-trailers are only a small portion of national traffic, yet ensuring that the trucks and drivers at their helm are 100 percent safe is essential because of the size differential between the average car and a fully stocked trailer.

Truck accident injuries have recoverable costs

We have all heard about the horrifying accidents involving commercial trucks on Louisiana roads. What is even worse is that these accident can and will cause serious injury to passengers and drivers traveling in motor-vehicles. Due to their sheer size, regular passenger vehicles and their occupants often do not stand a chance of avoiding bodily harm. In response, there is a way to put responsibility on the appropriate party after a truck accident.

What are the causes of commercial vehicle accidents?

It's probably obvious why an 18-wheeler accident is a much bigger deal than an accident involving passenger cars only. Semitrailer trucks, dump trucks and other large commercial vehicles can have 25 times - or more - the mass of a passenger car in Louisiana. What this means is that truck drivers, trucking companies and truck manufacturers are held to a higher standard than the drivers, owners and manufacturers of passenger vehicles.

Sleep disorders and the danger of fatigued truck drivers

Truck drivers face enormous pressure to travel long distances in a short amount of time. As a result, truck drivers can face an incentive to work long hours, even when they are so tired that they pose a risk to themselves or other drivers on the road. For this reason, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and other agencies have rules in place that limit the amount of time truck drivers can be on the road without rest.

New Orleans victims of truck accidents have options

Most truck drivers who ply the streets and highways of New Orleans are trained professionals who operate in a safe manner. Unfortunately, some are not, and even those who are sometimes screw up and cause an 18-wheeler accident with injuries or worse. Do injured parties have any recourse when their injuries are caused by a negligent truck driver?

How many hours of service are permitted in a truck driver log?

Orleans Parish motorists may have seen big trucks on the road and wondered whether these truck drivers are all fit to drive these large vehicles. Driver fatigue is a big problem for drivers of all vehicles, especially truck drivers that often travel long distances and drive long hours. Due to their bigger size and mass, trucks can wreak havoc on the roads if their drivers are too tired to drive and they lose control of their vehicle. What does the government do to make sure truck drivers are not too tired to drive?

What information should I gather after a truck accident?

Many kinds of cargo are carried to, from and through New Orleans every day via large commercial vehicles. The vast majority of these trucks are driven by professionals who take their jobs seriously, but unfortunately sometimes a negligent truck driver or trucking company can wreak devastation on others. What should you do if you are the victim of a truck driver who is negligent?

Trucks need additional space and time to stop safely

Semi-trucks play an important role in our society. They carry goods from place to place, helping our economy thrive. Yet, despite their benefits, these massive vehicles can also pose serious safety risks. When improperly driven or maintained, a big rig can become a force of devastation, leaving cars and lives destroyed.