Most people on the road are aware of the fact that commercial trucks pose a special risk to people in passenger vehicles. Special precautions, like driving regulations for commercial drivers and increased safety equipment, are intended to reduce crashes. Underride guards on the rear (and the sides) of commercial trucks are one such device.
Most people understand that commercial vehicles, like eighteen wheelers and semi-trucks, pose a serious risk to other drivers on the road. As we pointed out in another blog post, the average driver takes great care to avoid blind spots on trucks, which means not driving close to the sides or close behind big vehicles. People try to pass and give wide berth to commercial vehicles, when possible, to reduce the potential for an accident.
You have passed hundreds if not thousands of them during the time you have been driving on Kentucky highways. Semitrucks can be found on almost every highway, interstate and even some city roads from coast to coast. You may be so accustomed to seeing them, that they simply blend into the other traffic you pass on a daily basis.
In motor vehicle accident cases, part of building a strong case is evaluating the types of damages for which the accident victim may be eligible and seeking to maximize those damages. Ordinarily, an accident victim will be eligible for compensatory damages in the form of lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and other types of damages related to the plaintiff’s injuries and other losses.
In our last post, we began looking at the federal Hours of Service rules, which govern the amount of time commercial vehicle drivers may spend behind the wheel. The Hours of Service rules have gone through some changes in recent years, particularly with respect to the so-called 34-hour restart rule, which specifies the amount of rest required for a trucker to restart his or her work week.
Kentucky drivers like you have probably shared the road with big trucks before. Most of the time, these giants travel alongside other vehicles without any issue. However, some problems are frequent among truck drivers. Braking issues are one of them, and this can affect all other drivers on the road.
Kentucky drivers often have to worry about sharing the road with large vehicles like delivery trucks. When these trucks get into crashes in urban or suburban areas, it can cause a lot of damage to the surrounding property, and can create concerns for the safety of other drivers, or even pedestrians.
People hit the roads in Kentucky with thousands of other drivers every day. Unfortunately, this means that they put themselves at risk of getting into an accident, which is an inevitable side effect of sharing the road. Sometimes, these accidents can even be deadly, leaving family members wondering what happened.
As a motorist in Kentucky, it is likely that you regularly share the road with commercial trucks. Unfortunately, however, collisions involving these large vehicles are all too common. The Kentucky State Police reported that there were 7,442 trucking accidents across the state in 2012, the most recent year for which statistics were available. While not all such wrecks can be prevented, there are some things that you can do to help avoid being involved in a crash with a tractor trailer.
While Pikeville is a bit more isolated from the Interstate, people still encounter tractor trailers when they travel to larger cities. These big rigs weigh thousands of pounds so it isn’t surprising that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that it is the occupants of passenger vehicles who have the higher rate of injury when these two vehicle types collide.