National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics released this fall showed some good news: The number of traffic fatalities in the country fell in 2017.
A fun family trip to a youth baseball tournament in California ended in tragedy recently.
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Reducing and eliminating truck accidents is on the minds of many, especially those who fell victim to crashes or who lost loved ones in them. One of the most serious questions people ask is if there is really a way to stop these crashes from happening.
After a truck accident, one thing that could help your case is if you can obtain the black box from the truck. Commercial vehicles have a black box that records what happens throughout the day. These Electronic Control Modules (EMCs) collect data on the truck's operations including speed, time driven, RPMs, seat belt usage, idling time and other important data.
Large trucks are involved in around one in 10 highway crashes, which in itself shows how often these vehicles end up harming others. Large truck crashes typically result in injuries, and if any party is killed, it tends to be those in the passenger vehicle. The reason for this is because the larger truck provides better protection to its driver. The smaller passenger vehicle is no match for the larger, heavier vehicle that collides with it.
Truck accidents happen suddenly, but many drivers show signs of problems well before an accident takes place. For example, if you've ever driven down the road and noticed the vehicle swaying in and out of the lane, then you've probably already recognized that something is wrong with the vehicle or driver.
In many motor vehicle accidents, there are multiple people to blame. For example, a truck driver moving too quickly is breaking the law, but that doesn't necessarily mean he or she should be held accountable for someone rear-ending his or her vehicle.
One of the biggest dangers relating to a commercial truck accident relates to what is referred to as an "underride accident." The accidents happen when a smaller car goes under the trailer of a truck and gets crushed. In these crashes, the car may go partially or completely beneath the truck and they often result in the death of the vehicle driver and his or her passengers. Hundreds of people died from underride accidents in 2015.
If you're going out on the roads, one thing you'll need to do is share the roads with larger trucks. These vehicles can be daunting and may make you feel you have to be on high alert, but with the right information, you can stay safe.