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Truck Accidents Archives

Fatal trucker crashes reach record highs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released a report that announced that 840 truckers died in 2017. This is a record high that was up from 786 in 2016 and an overall 25 percent increase in the number of fatalities since 2011. This breaks down to an average of 26.8 deaths per 10,000 truckers, which is marked higher than the national average of 3.5 per 10,000 workers across all professions.

Cyclist struck by truck survives

In a collision between a car and a semi-truck, the driver of the car is often seriously injured or killed. Bicyclists hit by 60-foot-long, 80,000 pound semi-trucks have an exceedingly small chance of survival, even while wearing a helmet. Yet a teenager cyclist in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, survived.

Truck full of bees crashes, releases swarm on drivers

Every driver fears being involved in a trucking accident. Trucks are large and heavy, making them disproportionately likely to cause serious injuries when involved in a crash. Not to mention the expensive property damage that comes from having your car damaged by a truck. But what about injuries and damage that can come from bees?

Why shouldn't I apologize after a trucking accident?

Let's say that a large commercial truck sideswipes your vehicle while trying to pass you. You and the truck driver pull over to the shoulder. Frightened and stunned, you stammer out an apology to the truck driver while the two of you exchange information.

What are the most common injuries in trucking accidents?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the frequency of trucking accidents has been rising since 2009 and will likely continue to increase. This alarming statistic means that motorists could be at increased risk of being injured in a trucking accident. Because of the enormous size and weight of commercial trucks, even a minor accident with a passenger car or motorcycle can cause serious physical injury. Here, we'll discuss some of the most common injuries caused by trucking accidents.

Sleep-deprived truck drivers pose safety risks

Federal safety regulations are supposed to prohibit sleep-deprived truck drivers from getting behind the wheel, but many trucking companies still push their drivers to work with little to no sleep. When truckers try to complete their shifts without enough rest, the results can be dangerous. Property damage, injuries or even fatalities could result from fatigued truck drivers who cause accidents.

Five things you may not know about truck accidents

Truck accidents may not be as frequent as car accidents, but they can be just as serious-sometimes even more so. Still, not many people know about the dangers that trucks can pose to other motorists. Here are five facts about truck accidents that you may not know.

Self-driving commercial vehicles are coming. Will they be safe?

Commercial trucks and buses have been chronic dangers on our nation's roads. Commercial carriers and motor coach companies have often been found to cut corners on safety, sometimes leading to tragic results. They may delay required maintenance, cut back on training, employ dangerous drivers and even encourage certain rules violations -- all in the name of improving the bottom line.

Trucking industry wants in on self-driving vehicle regulation bill

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved a bill meant to make it easier for self-driving cars to get on the road -- and to block states from restricting them. The bill is now before the Senate Commerce Committee, and the trucking industry has urged lawmakers to include autonomous commercial trucks in the legislation.

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