Negligent Truck Drivers

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Car Accidents, Trucks | 0 comments

Commercial trucks accidents cause devastating damages and injuries simply from its size and power. When these become involved in a road accident, the blame can be given to a number of people: from the driver, the truck company or operator, the truck manufacturer, and even the people performing the maintenance and loading of the cargo. There are various factors that come into play in a truck accident, and for victims, these can be a big hurdle when trying to get compensation from a personal injury or wrongful death claim.

If you believe that the truck driver’s negligence is the main factor for the accident, then you have to be able to prove it in court. There a number of ways a truck driver can be considered negligent, among them being:

  • Driving aggressively of without regard to other motorists’ safely – tight deadlines are the main reason why many truck drivers commit aggressive driving.
  • Distracted driving – anything from eating, texting to talking to the phone which could take the truck driver’s attention from the road and his driving can cause a miscalculation that would result to an accident. Truck drivers are prohibited from using any hand-held devices while they are driving according to federal laws.
  • Using illegal or prohibited drugs – because of the long hours of work and deadlines, many truck drivers take prescription pills or even illegal drugs in order to stay on the roads. This, together with stress and lack of sleep, would greatly impact their judgment and mood when driving.
  • Lack of training – commercial trucks requires special training because it is very difficult to maneuver and control such big and powerful vehicles that are capable of going in fast speeds. Additionally, they are required to drive in almost any weather, and are able to handle the load of work. Anyone who is not qualified for such position can only endanger the safety of those who are sharing the roads with them.

You need to hoe evidence of the truck driver’s negligence in order to have a proper personal injury claim against him specifically. Consult with a lawyer who knows the laws in your state and has wide experience in personal injury and car accident claims in order to win the claim.

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Reducing Risks of Truck Accidents

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in Car Accidents, Trucks | 0 comments

The enormous size of an 18-wheeler truck or big rig definitely creates greater threats in the event of an accident. Compared to other vehicles, trucks also weigh more, thus requiring a longer stopping distance. But despite the risk these huge vehicles pose on the road, they cannot be disallowed to operate due to the major contribution they provide in the nation’s economy. Trucks transport goods that keep businesses alive; limiting their operation will, therefore, greatly affect the business operation of many firms.

Often, these goods need to be delivered to another county, a task that would require very long driving hours. It is, therefore, normal for many truck drivers to be behind the wheel for more than 10 hours a day, thus, the different governmental agencies make sure that, despite this long driving work requirement, drivers do not experience sleepiness and fatigue, and that the truck they drive are always in good condition.

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and, most especially, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is primarily responsible in ensuring the safe operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMV), work together in making US roads and highways safe from any accidents that would involve trucks. To attain the highest level of safety, these agencies have set and strictly enforce the following requirements:

  • A special training and a test (prepared by the FHWA) will have to be undergone and passed, respectively, by individuals before they can be issued a commercial driver’s license. These basic requirements are aimed at developing in truck drivers the required knowledge and skills in operating a truck safely
  • Strict observance of the “11 hours” maximum time of service. This means that truck drivers cannot drive for more than 11 hours straight. Drivers should also be given 10 consecutive off-duty hours after the completion of their daily duty
  • Trucking firms should keep a record that shows regular truck check and maintenance schedule
  • Drivers should thoroughly check and make sure that their vehicle’s braking system and tires are in good condition, as well as make sure that there are no air leaks in the truck’s brake chamber
  • Truck and truck parts manufacturers should make sure that everything they produce complies with the minimum standards enforced by the government.

To reduce the risk of truck accidents, the said agencies do not focus their attention to truck drivers and trucking companies only. They also constantly issue precautionary measures that drivers of smaller vehicles should observe, like:

  • Avoiding blind spots. Smaller vehicles should always drive past a truck on the driver’s side as the truck’s passenger side is the driver’s worst blind spot. Driving along the truck’s passenger side can prove too dangerous, especially when a truck is going to make a right turn.
  • Tailgating or driving too close behind a truck is also dangerous as the truck driver may make an emergency brake. Tailgating also eliminates not only the other driver’s view of the road ahead, but also his/her chance to have enough time to react to impending road hazards.
  • Observing care in intersections. To execute a turn, trucks need to use multiple lanes or swing wide – a road situation that all other drivers should know. Other drivers, as much as possible, should rather allow the truck to maneuver fully before passing, turning or entering the intersection.

In case of an accident, though, it will be a very wise decision not to delay contacting a personal injury lawyer for the possibility of a legal action that will allow the injured victim to seek and receive compensation for any injuries sustained.

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How Frieght Factoring can Help Trucking Revenues

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in Trucks | 2 comments

Commercial trucks are everywhere – they are practically the little red blood cells of life that bring the necessities from one point to another. Despite the unemployment rates increase in some areas in the United States, the Labor Department reports that there is currently a shortage of commercial drivers. About 5,600 positions for commercial drivers are needed, and the demand for them is projected to increase by 21 percent until the year 2020.

Truck-driving is one of the rising employment opportunities is said to be mainly due to the growth, retirement, recent changes in regulations, and competition for other trucking companies. There are those, however, that argue that the rising demand for commercial truck drivers are only due to trucking companies having lower pay and poor work environments. Regardless of the reason, the expected growth and employment opportunities for truck drivers would reach 1.93 million based on the estimate made by the US Department of Labor.

Driving commercial trucks has become a very lucrative occupation, especially if they consider doing freight factoring. Freight factoring offers truck drivers instant invoices that can be vital in the growth, maintenance, and expansion of the company. According to TBS Factoring Service, trucking companies benefit from freight factoring since they get paid instantly, no need to wait for at least 2 months for the invoices to be paid. Trucking companies and commercial truck drivers will not have to worry about going through various hoops to get traditional financing from lenders.

The shortage of commercial truck drivers can pose a threat not only to the truck companies, but most importantly the economy. Contrary to popular belief, it is not hard to become a truck driver. There are presently many driving schools that can provide training for potential or aspiring truck drivers, and the payment for these training are not hard on the budget. As unemployment rates rise, the Department of Labor claims that there is no shortage of jobs in the transportation department. And with freight factoring services providing a profitable source of income, being a commercial truck driver seems to be a productive employment.

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