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Blind spots are the leading cause of truck accidents

If you've ever felt nervous while driving alongside a large commercial truck, it's for good reason. Large commercial trucks with trailers attached can be around 72 feet long, 8.5 feet wide, 13.5 feet tall and weigh as much as 80,000 lbs. That's much larger and heavier than a car. Blind spots are when a truck...

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What makes truck tire safety so important?

Tires allow large commercial trucks to travel safely while carrying thousands of pounds of cargo. Since big rigs can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds with fully loaded trailers, it only takes one tire to blow out or fail to cause a serious crash. A large commercial truck can easily lose control and jackknife, roll...

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What makes truck accidents different than car accidents?

No two traffic collisions are alike. Those involving large commercial trucks are often the most complex for several reasons. Should you be involved in a truck crash, it's important that you understand what to expect. There are far too many crash victims who aren't aware of their legal rights after being involved in a truck...

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U.S. saw a slight increase in truck crash fatalities during 2019

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released preliminary data for its Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) for 2019. The FARS report estimated a third consecutive yearly decrease in traffic fatalities (36,120 in 2019 from 36,560 in 2018). This data is provided to Congress and the public each year. A 1% increase in truck crash...

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Top safety tips for truck drivers and trucking companies

Large commercial trucks are an integral part of our economy. As we discussed in April, the federal hours-of-service laws were temporarily relaxed for some drivers. The increased demand for essential goods and services has increased the risk of drowsy driving, reckless driving and speeding among truck drivers. To help prevent an upsurge of truck crashes,...

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What are underride truck crashes?

Underride truck crashes occur when a passenger car gets pinned underneath the trailer of a large commercial truck. Truck crashes generally result in catastrophe and fatal injuries. Underride truck crashes are rarely survivable, however. Once a car gets crushed underneath a trailer, the driver and front-seat passenger will likely be decapitated. Any car occupants who...

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