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Although the industry often cites statistics to suggest that commercial truck drivers are much less likely to be involved in a crash than other drivers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s records indicate that there are more than 330,000 commercial truck accidents every year in the U.S. – and that those accidents account for about 10% of all traffic-related fatalities.
With Houston growing in population each year, the number of trucks on roads and highways will likely increase along with possible crashes due to speeding. The need for on-time deliveries by 18-wheelers and smaller delivery trucks has officials around the region concerned about traffic violations and the safety of Houston’s residents.
People like to multi-task and of course nowadays seemingly everyone is attached to their smartphone. But this also means more distracted drivers than ever–and that can be especially dangerous for commercial truck drivers. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), in 2015 alone, 4,050 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes and 87,000 more were in ...
Millions of drivers are enjoying the highways and byways this summer, and drivers of cars are not alone on the road. While you and your family are packing up the car for a fun-filled summer road trip, be aware that not everyone on the road is driving at their best. One person is injured or killed in a trucking accident every 16 minutes and Texas has the second highest number of ...
Most of us grew up in a time where, for the most part, a fender-bender or a side scrape was a private occurrence between two people and the only time you would hear about an accident that didn’t involve someone you knew personally would be if it were reported by the news. But these days, it no longer matters if an accident was large enough for the media to care about – before t ...
Semi accidents are among the deadliest on our roads, and states are exploring different ways to reduce their frequency. One such tactic is improved roadway lighting. Only 25 percent of driving in the United States takes place at night, yet the nighttime fatality rate remains the same as the daytime rate. This means that nighttime driving is three times as deadly.
Big rig accidents are treacherous and often deadly. Because these mammoth vehicles share the road with us, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates their drivers in important ways. The restrictions that the federal government places on commercial truck drivers are in place to minimize catastrophic tractor-trailer accidents and maintain safer roads.
Riding is a great pleasure and a great convenience for many. Motorcyclists, however, are obviously more vulnerable to injury than motorists of larger vehicles whom they share the road with. Nevertheless, many Texas cyclists are advocating for legal lane splitting, which can help reduce sluggish traffic and diminish commute times.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implements laws that regulate big rigs in the United States. FMCSA’s regulations are broad and impose strict fines and penalties if they aren’t adhered to. To keep our roadways safe, every semi on the road is held to compliance. Working Hours Commercial truck drivers are limited to driving only 14 hours within a duty per ...
Tractor-trailer accidents are especially horrific, and the aftermath is often devastating. Early investigation is crucial to ascertaining the accident’s cause. The involved trucking company is likely to get right down to investigative work; it has a lot to lose and a lot to protect. Unfortunately, as an individual, you don’t have the resources to do the same – you have no in ...
Texas regularly sees a substantial number of serious commercial truck accidents each year, and the fact that Texas is not only a huge state but also has many interstate highways passing through our borders contributes to these heightened statistics. Semi accidents are harrowing, and the statistics are sobering.
There are an estimated 15.5 million commercial trucks on the road in the United States. With truck drivers paid by the mile – not by the hour – they face pressure to fit in as many miles as possible during their driving days. Tired truck drivers put both themselves and other drivers on the road at risk.
Truck driving is a dangerous job. In 2015, more than 25 percent of all workplace fatalities in America occurred in the trucking industry. So, what exactly makes this such a dangerous occupation? Pay structure. Because truck drivers are often paid by the mile, not by the hour, they are forced to choose between productivity and safety.
Truck accidents reached an all-time low after the economic downturn in 2008. Since then, the trucking business has been steadily growing once more, and with it, more trucks are appearing on America’s highways. With those trucks comes a predictable rise in auto accidents involving truck drivers. Here are some of the more bizarre reasons these truck drivers are prone to accidents: Snoring.
Like any metropolitan area with heavy traffic, Houston experiences serious vehicle accidents every day. It has never been more important to drive carefully. This is especially true for motorcyclists, who are both harder for other drivers to see and more likely to be injured in a collision with a larger vehicle.