Truck Accidents Archives

Safety advocates decry absence of minimum trucker training hours

Sharing the road with large trucks on Monmouth County’s many highways can be intimidating. Like other drivers, you rely on the fact that the people behind the wheel of those trucks are highly trained and able to handle their vehicle safely. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we understand that driving safely is very important to you and that being in an accident with a truck can have huge consequences.

How an attorney helps after an accident with a commercial truck

In many ways, commercial trucks are integral to modern American. They transport products from manufacturers and importers to retail and distribution facilities. They move large quantities of raw materials, including milk and lumbar. Their drivers contribute substantially to the United States economy. They command decent pay because they are highly trained to drive those big trucks safely. However, their size, the very thing that makes these trucks useful in a broad sense, can also be the most dangerous thing about them.

Worries increase after loosening of truck safety rules

Sharing the road with trucks is part of everyday life for most Monmouth County drivers. Accidents involving semitrailers are often very serious because of their size and weight. That is why the government regulates the trucking industry with the aim of keeping everyone on the road safer. However, some such safety regulations have recently been rolled back, creating worry that roads will become more dangerous.

Collision avoidance systems key to preventing truck accidents

Drivers in Monmouth County are forced to share the road with trucks on New Jersey’s many highways. Accidents involving trucks are often serious, especially when there is a smaller passenger vehicle involved. That is the why the government and the trucking industry are working to incorporate technology that will keep everyone on the road safer.

Speed limiters for trucks proposed by federal agencies

In an effort to reduce roadway fatalities and greatly reduce fuel costs, two federal agencies have proposed that speed limiters be installed in certain commercial vehicles that would limit how fast they can travel. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are behind the proposed rule.

Trucking accident in Elizabeth injures 3 and kills 1

Drivers in New Jersey often have no choice but to share the state’s busy roads and highways with large tractor trailers. Unfortunately, that means accidents involving trucks and much smaller passenger vehicles sometimes occur. Due to the difference in size, these collisions often have serious consequences for the occupants of the other vehicles.

Are truck fatalities on the rise?

No, they are not. In fact, just the opposite is true. The statistics are in for 2014 and fatalities from accidents involving trucks were actually down 5 percent from the previous year according to Overdrive Magazine. Therefore, you are less likely to be involved in a fatal crash with a truck on a New Jersey highway then in previous years.

Was the truck driver in your accident texting?

When drivers are distracted, even for a few seconds, it can put others at risk. This is especially true of truck drivers. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), drivers of commercial vehicles are 23.2 times more likely to be involved in a safety-critical event when texting.

Sleep apnea a serious issue facing truck drivers

Many people are aware of the serious consequences of truck drivers being on the road while tired or drowsy. However, when a truck driver is one of the 25 million people in this country who suffers from a sleep disorder such as obstructive sleep apnea, the dangers are even greater according to Safety and Health Magazine.

Dangers of tire blowouts involving commercial trucks

It is a common sight along the New Jersey Turnpike and other freeways across the country – the remnants of blown tires litter the roadway, a reminder that blowouts are frequent and may result in a serious accident. Some people humorously refer to tire litter as “road gators,” although the reality is far from funny. Blown tires often cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle, which may result in running off the road, overturning or crashing into other cars on the freeway. In some cases, sparks from the wheel underneath a blown tire may cause a fire to the vehicle or nearby brush.

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