Quick Facts on Tractor-Trailer Accidents

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Cars and large trucks share thousands of miles in roadway on South Carolina’s highways. The danger from fully loaded heavy tractor trailers weighing over 80,000 pounds is real. Tractor trailer drivers are obliged to follow specific driving rules and regulations that ensure their safety as well as those of other vehicles on the road with them.

What are the prime factors behind tractor trailer accidents?

– There are inherent risks involved in manning large vehicles on state highways. Drivers have to contend with large blind spots, make turns carefully given the vehicle’s size and weight, and watch the brakes at all times due to the larger stopping distances.

– Driver fatigue is a common cause of accidents. Drivers may exceed the number of hours permissible for driving within a 24-hour window and when weariness creeps in, pose a serious hazard.

– An examination of log books and odometer readings can reveal discrepancies in hours driven. An assessment of the driver’s mental and physical condition at the time of the accident can offer clues into the incident. The trucking company’s policies and the driver’s safety records can also help understand the reasons behind the accident.

– Overloading and off-set loads can cause collisions. In such cases, negligence must be proven. The fault can be attributed to the tractor trailer, and not the driver in instances when the vehicle’s lighting is claimed to have affected visibility and consequently contributed to the accident.

A personal injury attorney will investigate all pertinent details to develop a strong case for you, the plaintiff.

What kind of compensation can you expect for tractor trailer accidents?

The compensation amount will depend on several factors, and on the nature of your case.  The extent of damage you suffer, damage to your car, loss in wages and medical bills are some key aspects that will determine the final compensation you are awarded. When you have a strong case and an aggressive attorney representing you, the compensation can be significant. It is not unusual to see trucking companies pay in excess of a million dollars for tractor trailer accidents that have resulted in debilitating consequences for the affected party.

Trucking accident defense

The defense attorney representing the trucking company will investigate if accident victims have full or partial liability. They will also look into factor like the road condition that may have contributed to the accident and pursue individual(s) responsible for the same.

Contact the Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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Why Are Trailer Truck Accidents Different from Others?

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Any kind of auto accident can result in serious injury, but when your car collides with a trailer truck, the chances of escaping with minor scrapes is reduced even further. Given their massive size, weight and the difficulty in maneuvering them, trailer trucks can be described as some of the most dangerous vehicles on road. That also means accidents involving these behemoths can be quite different from other kinds of auto mishaps.

If you have been the unfortunate victim of a collision with a trailer truck in North Carolina or South Carolina, it is best to seek the help of an experienced truck accident/ personal injury attorney immediately and here are some reasons why:

  • Truck companies try to avoid paying compensation by resorting to various tactics and to deal with such a situation and get your compensation you need expert help.
  • Often, truck drivers work long hours exceeding the legal limit. A driver who has been driving without break for too many hours at a stretch is a risk to himself and others. To cover up the fact that he has been violating the law in this respect, the driver may produce fake log books. An experienced legal professional knows how to spot this kind of a cover up.
  • Many trailer truck accidents occur because drivers are not properly trained to handle the huge mass and size of the vehicle. To escape from their liability in case of an accident, the trucking company may stonewall efforts to determine the driver’s qualifications and skills. Your attorney will know exactly whom to approach and what to do to get this information.
  • Excessive loading is a major cause of trailer truck accidents and pinning the blame for this on the trucking company is a challenging task unless you have an experienced truck accident lawyer by your side.

 As a victim of an accident with a trailer truck in North Carolina or South Carolina, chances are you are already dealing with sufficient mental and physical trauma. Avoid adding to the stress of the situation by taking on the process of filing a claim against the truck company on your own. An experienced personal injury attorney who has dealt with similar auto accident cases before knows the various tricks that the company may employ to avoid paying compensation. He/ she can ensure that all these avenues are blocked so that you claim damages that are rightfully yours.

Contact the Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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Safety Issues With Tractor-Trailers

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In 2012 there was a large truck inspection that occurred, sadly this showed that 20% of those inspected, being over 2 million trucks, should not have been on the road due to service violations. Along with that, nearly 5% of truck drivers, 171,000, had enough violations to be be removed from their position.

An Illinois man knows what a the dangers of these large trucks are; he lost his wife, mother-in-law and two kids when a truck driver was speeding and smashed the back end of their van. According to the police report the truck driver had three prior rear-end accidents and seven warning letters from his employer, but was allowed to continue driving. Around 11 people each day suffer the same fate as this family.

Around 4,000 people are killed and 100,000 others are injured in large truck and bus crashes each year on the highways.

Can we make the roads safer?

  • Mercedes recently unveiled an autonomous truck and plans to have driverless trucks on the road by 2025.
  • Volvo Trucks has developed enhanced cruise controls which automatically engage the brakes if a truck approaches another vehicle too quickly and lane departure warning systems that alerts the driver if the truck drifts into the middle of the highway.

Contact the Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

Source: http://www.thetrucker.com/News/Stories/2014/7/30/CNBCserieslooksatsafetyofbigrigsonhighway.aspx

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Large Truck Accidents

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Truck accidents are usually caused by specific acts or failures to follow rules by trucking companies and the truck drivers. An experienced lawyer can help you recognized the unsafe acts or failures to act by the tracking companies.

The cause of truck accidents involving large trucks/autos that result in serious injuries, can usually be blamed on companies and truck drivers because of:

  • Aggressive driving by truck drivers
  • Failure to inspect truck tires, brakes, lights
  • Tailgating by truck drivers
  • Cell phone use by truck drivers
  • Driver fatigue
  • Failure to install blind spot mirrors
  • Jackknifing caused by truck driver’s actions
  • Speeding while ignoring reduced speed limits for trucks
  • Inadequate truck driver training
  • Overloaded trucks
  • Poorly maintained truck brakes
  • Failure to signal lane changes
  • Loss of control – leaving road
  • Loss of retread tires/leaving debris in roadway

Auto occupants are sharing the road with giant trucks. When a wreck between a truck and smaller vehicle occurs, 77% and 86% of those killed are the drivers of the smaller vehicles. (cars, SUVs & motorcycles) There are life-changing, serious injuries to the occupants of the smaller vehicles.

Contact the Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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Health of Truck Drivers

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Under current law, commercial drivers are required to get a physical examination every two years to ensure that they’re fit to operate large motor vehicles. The spirit of the law is to ensure that a detectable medical condition doesn’t cause a driver to lose control or crash a truck or bus and potentially kill or harm dozens of people. However, current regulations allow any doctor to perform the physical – even one who doesn’t practice in general medicine.

Federal officials saw this to be a loophole, as truck drivers could ask their chiropractor or urologist to “sign off” on a medical card certifying the driver to be fit for commercial driving. If one doctor refused to certify a medical card for the driver, he or she could simply shop around until an agreeable doctor would do so.

At the time the law is put into effect, medical cards will be available only from doctors who have undergone a daylong training that educates them about what to look for in truck drivers when deciding whether they’re healthy enough to operate their vehicles safely. The new law will curb doctor-shopping and provide more uniform standards and screening for professional drivers.

The medical issues that certified doctors will keep a special lookout for include:

  • Eye strain
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic stress
  • Skeletal strain
  • Muscular strain
  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

Hopefully, the new regulations will decrease the number of truck accidents. Because North and South Carolina are travel hubs, motorists and passengers here are particularly vulnerable to semi truck crashes.

Contact the Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

Source: republican-eagle.com, “New Regulations Will Require Bus, Truck Drivers To Get Certified Exams,” Sarah Gorvin, Nov. 16, 2012

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Analytics for Trucking Companies

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To prevent truck accidents before they occur is the goal of a company that is using analytics. By using analytics this allows trucking companies to try to predict which drivers in a fleet might be more likely to be in an accident. Truck accidents can be especially devastating because of the size of the vehicles. Truck drivers often work extensive hours and drive long distances, subjecting them to driver fatigue more than other drivers.

The company plans to study driver behavior and learn about what causes them stress in order to determine whether they are at risk for causing an accident. Managers can then talk to and coach a driver to help ensure they are safe on the road. Although analyzing data might be able to help predict a person’s risk for an accident, truck accidents can still occur from the slightest driver error.

Taking and analyzing data can only go so far in predicting the approximate risk a driver has. Even though a driver might be considered higher risk for an accident, the trucking industry as a whole needs to change its habits and driving requirements, not just for an individual driver.

Contact the Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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Eight Hours Driving Doubles Accident Risk for Truck Drivers

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Large trucks on South Carolina roads can pose as serious threat for motorists. Truck drivers are also at risk due the size and inertia involved with a tractor-trailer moving at highway speeds.

The trucking industry is regulated at both the state and federal levels. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration generally regulates trucking equipment used in interstate commerce. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also covers equipment, but has broader authority over the number of hours a driver may work and regulates maintenance and inspections of interstate trucks.

Many of the regulations are related to highway safety. Research indicates that the risk of a driver getting into a truck accident doubles after driving for more than 8 hours. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration currently allows drivers to stay on the road for 11 hours of service. That rule may change in the near future. The agency agreed to reconsider the rule in a court settlement reached in 2009. The agreement requires the agency to publish a final rule by July 2011.

Truck drivers who die in a truck crash are significantly less likely to be under the influence of alcohol than drivers of passenger vehicles. Government statistics from 2008, the last year currently available, indicate that four percent of the truck drivers that died had a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or greater. That compares to a 35% fatality rate for passenger vehicle drivers.

Under federal law truck drivers are required to pass pre-employment drug tests. They are also tested after being involved in a track accident and undergo random testing under federal rules.

Contact the Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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Phone Restrictions for CMV Drivers

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New texting and mobile phone restrictions for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers

The FMCSA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) have published rules specifically prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers and drivers who transport placardable quantities of hazardous materials from texting or using hand-held mobile phones while operating their vehicles. The joint rules are the latest actions by the U.S. Department of Transportation to end distracted driving. Violations can result in fines and/or disqualifications and will impact a motor carrier’s and/or driver’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) results.

No texting while driving

CMV drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. So what qualifies as texting? Texting means manually entering alphanumeric text into, or reading text from, an electronic device. This includes, but is not limited to, short message service, e-mailing, instant messaging, a command or request to access a Web page, or pressing more than a single button to initiate or terminate a voice communication using a mobile phone. (Click here for final rule)

Do not type or read a text message while driving a CMV!

Use of mobile phones is restricted for CMV drivers

This ruling restricts a CMV driver from reaching for or holding a mobile phone to conduct a voice communication, as well as dialing by pressing more than a single button. CMV drivers who use a mobile phone while driving can only operate a hands-free phone located in close proximity. In short, the rule prohibits unsafely reaching for a device, holding a mobile phone, orpressing multiple buttons. (Click here for final rule)

How can drivers use a mobile phone and still obey the rules?

  • Locate the mobile phone so it is operable by the driver while restrained by properly adjusted safety belts.
  • Utilize an earpiece or the speaker phone function.
  • Use voice-activated or one-button touch features to initiate, answer, or terminate a call.

What happens if a driver is caught using a hand-held phone or texting while driving?

The rules impose sanctions for driver offenses, including civil penalties up to $2,750 and disqualification for multiple offenses. Motor carriers are also prohibited from requiring or allowing their drivers to text or use a hand-held mobile phone while driving and may be subject to civil penalties up to $11,000. Violations will impact SMS results. Texting and calling on a hand-held phone carry the worst possible violation severity weights against a driver’s results!

What are the risks?

Besides penalties and possible disqualification, recent research shows that the odds of being involved in a safety-critical event (e.g., crash, near-crash, unintentional lane deviation) are 23.2 times greater for CMV drivers who text while driving than for those who do not. Texting drivers took their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 mph, this equates to a driver traveling the approximate length of a football field — without looking at the roadway! For CMV drivers who dial a mobile phone while driving, the odds of being involved in a safety-critical event are six times greater than for those who do not. Why take chances?

Contact the Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

Source: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/rules-regulations/topics/distracted-driving/overview.aspx

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Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Statistics

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Roughly 500,000 trucking accidents occur annually in the United States, which equates to 57 accidents involving a large truck every single hour.  Sadly 1:8 traffic fatalities involves a trucking collision, and 98% of the fatalities are the individuals in the passenger vehicle, not the truck.

The trucking industry brought in an annual revenue of $610 billion last year and this number is projected to be doubled by 2015. The growth of the commercial trucking industry is great for the trucking companies and the economy, however we should all become more aware of their presence on the roadways.

In 2008, the preliminary national crash facts were:

  • 123,918 large trucks and 13,263 buses involved in non-fatal crashes
  • 49,084 large trucks and 7,123 buses involved in injury crashes
  • 73,047 injuries in crashes involving large trucks and 16,760 injuries in crashes involving buses
  • 74,834 large trucks and 6,140 buses involved in tow-away crashes
  • 2,609 large trucks and 11 buses involved in hazmat (HM) placard crashes

Sixty-eight percent of all fatal truck accidents happen in rural areas. As high as 66% of all fatal truck accidents occurred during the day time and 78% of fatal accidents occur on the weekend.

Statistics of Fatal Truck Accidents and Drivers’ Negligence

Accidents occurring while a driver is under the influence or while intoxicated are at an epidemic level in the United States. Truck accidents are not exempt from this. Driving under the influence (DUI) is one of the leading causes of fatal truck accidents today.

Over the years, the number of trucks on U.S. roads has increased to a great extent, but statistics show that the number of deaths due to truck accidents has remained more or less the same – about 5,000 deaths each year.

Truck drivers can slow down in work zones, keep their distance, be aware of their “no-zones”, maintain their vehicles and drive defensively. Drivers of passenger cars can avoid accidents with trucks by avoiding the blind spots around trucks. In addition, these drivers should avoid passing a truck on the right when the truck is turning right. Finally, observe a truck’s turn signals, you appropriate passing procedures, do not cut trucks off, and report dangerous driving to the proper authorities.

Contact the Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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Charlotte Tractor Trailer Accident Injures Five

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Five people were injured when an SUV slammed into the back of a Toyota Prius, pushing it into a tractor-trailer carrying a mobile home on I-485 in south Charlotte last Wednesday afternoon.

Firemen worked to pull victims trapped inside the Toyota Prius at the scene on the I-485 inner loop just past Providence Road toward Rea Road.

A man was traveling in a Prius with his girlfriend, and another woman. The driver of the Prius stated that he was traveling with the mobile home in front of them. Both the mobile home and the Prius had pulled off of the road into the grass to fix the wrapping on the mobile home.

An SUV entering I-485 from the on-ramp never merged in a traffic lane, and slammed into the back of the Prius. Which jammed the small car under the flatbed in front of him. Had this flatbed not been supported bu two metal beams on the framing the 3 people in the Prius most likely would not have made it.

The driver suffered five broken ribs, a broken arm and leg and a broken t-11 in his back, one passenger shattered her ankle, and the other has a broken foot, broken ankle and a cracked left femur.

Contact the Large Truck / Tractor-Trailer Accident Lawyer

If you have suffered a serious injury in a truck accident, contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  large truck / tractor trailer accident attorneyWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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