Imagine you're driving a semitruck in the dead of Indiana winter. Unbeknownst to you, there's a patch of ice along the highway, situated at exactly the area where you need to suddenly stop to avoid a collision. You slam on the breaks, but the truck begins to slide. The next thing you know, the wheels of your trailer are sliding faster than the wheels of your cabin, and they're causing your semitruck to slowly spin toward a sideways direction.
In many motorcycle crashes, the problem is that the motorcyclist isn't seen by the driver of another vehicle. This is usually because of the vehicle's profile, which is smaller than most, making it harder to see and recognize.
In 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that there were 524,058 interstate and intrastate motor carriers in the United States. These include government carriers, for-hire carriers, private carriers and dual-purpose carriers (hire and not-for-hire). The FMCSA regulates the drivers who are working in the United States along with those who require commercial drivers' licenses (CDLs). The agency believes approximately 5.9 million commercial motor vehicles are in operation within the United States presently. The total number is increasing as well.
As the trucking industry struggles due to a shortage of drivers, many industry professionals are turning to teens to take on these positions. Is that a good idea, though? Many think it is not.
When you get into an accident, one thing you have to worry about is scar tissue. Although your injuries may heal, the presence of scar tissue can complicate your recovery and lead to injuring yourself again.
Upon entering a bus, one of the first things on your mind may be whether or not the driver is any good. You hope that he or she has had enough sleep and that the driver is well-educated in driving the vehicle you're in. The last thing you want is to be involved in a crash because of a poorly trained or distracted driver.
After an accident you must make an insurance claim in the right manner. It's one of the first things you need to do after you're in a crash. The only thing that should really precede initiating this claim is seeking the medical care you may need following the collision.
When a truck driver is on the job, he or she is meant to fill out a daily trucking log. This log identifies things like when he or she slept, took breaks and completed jobs.
Traveling on the highway, you know that it can get dangerous in the winter. For commercial truck drivers, the hazards other drivers can easily maneuver around and through aren't so easy.
If you're in a truck accident and expect a settlement, there are things you should know. For instance, did you know that your claim for compensation goes through the civil court, not the criminal court? It's completely possible for the person who struck you to face criminal charges separate from your civil lawsuit.