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The Difference between Tractor Trailer and Car Accidents

We all know the feeling of passing a big tractor trailer on the highway. It’s a little scary to squeeze your tiny car past a huge mammoth of a vehicle. You may wonder if the large truck can even see you. And what if they want to change lanes? How would you escape if they started merging while you are still in the way?
 
Yes, tractor trailers are intimidating on the road. And rightfully so. Over 500,000 accidents involving tractor trailers occur in the United States each year, and they don’t just cause minor scrapes. Plus, if you are involved in an accident with a tractor trailer, your insurance claim is likely to be quite a bit more complicated than a run-in with another passenger vehicle.…

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Dangers of Drowsy Driving Still Not Widely Recognized

 
A lot of us may recognize on some level that it’s not a good idea to drive when we’re sleep deprived. However, many drivers rationalize staying on the road when they shouldn’t because they’re trying to get home at night, have cargo to deliver, or want to cover as much ground on their road trip as possible—and the convenience of being able to continue driving seems to outweigh the risks of getting into an accident.
 
Perhaps one reason drowsy driving is still a relatively common practice is because it hasn’t been as heavily stigmatized as other risky practices, such driving drunk or texting behind the wheel. However, that doesn’t make it any less risky.…

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New Regulations Call for Truckers to Take a Break

 
Long haul truckers are well-known for their lengthy stints behind the wheels of big rigs. If ever there were a career where workers push themselves to the limit, this is it. Because they often get paid per mile and have to meet tight deadlines, many truckers will drive for days without taking a significant break. This leads to a lot of fatigued drivers who may have trouble reacting quickly or even staying awake on the road, endangering both the truck drivers and the people who share the road with them.
 
Knowing the dangers fatigued truck drivers can pose, the Department of Transportation implemented new regulations this past July. Under the new rules, truck drivers are required to take at least one 30-minute break within the first eight hours of driving and a 34-hour break from driving at least once a week, including two periods from 1 am to 5 am.…

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Are Truck Accident Fatalities on the Rise?

 
Stricter distracted driving laws, dashboard cameras, and black boxes in trucks that track accident data are all great ways to cut down on both passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle accidents. But have they made a significant impact yet?
 
It can take a long period of time to get a good sense of trends in traffic accident data, but the National Highway Traffic Safety Administrationrecently reviewed accident statistics for the past two years and found some bad news: rather than going down, overall large-truck fatalities actually increased 3.7% from 2011 to 2012. Breaking that down even further, the NHTSA reported that truck occupant fatalities were up 8.9%,and fatalities for occupants of other vehicles were up 4.8%.…

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Interstate 75 in Pembroke Pines was the scene of a fatal auto accident last month in a scenario that is all too familiar to any accident attorney in Pembroke Pines. A compact car ran into the left rear fender of a pick-up truck causing the truck to overturn and killing the pick-up’s driver. The car sustained an estimated $15,000 worth of damage in the weekday afternoon crash, according to the accident report released by the Florida Highway Patrol. Charges are pending against the driver of the car following the outcome of the investigation.
 
If it is determined that the driver of the car was at fault in the death of the pick-up driver, the surviving family may wish to initiate a wrongful death lawsuit against that driver.…

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