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Wake up trucking industry by holding them accountable for crash

We share road space with them and accept them as part of our daily experience on the highways, but this does not mean many Louisiana residents don't move to the other side of the road when approaching a truck in an attempt to overtake or distance themselves from the semi-truck alongside it. Their size makes them formidable-not only because of the destruction it could cause in case of an accident but also because it is difficult to maneuver or see around. The truck itself is slow to respond to motoring functions such as braking or turning.

Sleepy truck drivers can cause fatal accidents

When you are working long hours and are racing against the clock to complete the task allotted to you, you may find yourself dozing off while working. For many, this is not a problem and does not threaten the lives of those around them-but when the person dozing off is a truck driver operating a commercial truck, then the fatigued driver is wielding a deadly object and has the potential to cause a deadly truck accident if he or she falls asleep behind the wheel.

Fight back against negligent truck drivers

We see them as we rush past them on the way to work or to the mall, and we don't think twice about the big rigs or commercial trucks passing us by on Louisiana's interstates and highways. We also see a number of truck accidents and the traffic backup caused by them, but rarely do we give a second thought to the destruction that must have resulted from the crash. The reality is that when someone's vehicle crashes with a construction or concrete truck or other similarly heavy truck, it is almost certain they have suffered serious and even debilitating injuries.

Can truck drivers get fired for taking breaks?

We all get tired and exhausted in the workplace. So why is there so much of a fuss surrounding truck driver fatigue? Most likely because the drowsy and tired truck driver is operating a heavy vehicle that has the potential to severely injure or kill someone in a truck accident. This is why there are so many federal and state regulations regarding the hours a truck driver can drive without taking a break and how long each break must last. Without them, truckers could end up spending days on the road without sufficient sleep. Since they are the backbone of our economy, truck drivers are encouraged by their companies to drive longer and faster than ever.

Poor truck maintenance can lead to serious truck accident

If you've ever been surrounded by semi-trucks on Louisiana's roadways, then you know how daunting these massive vehicles can be. Fortunately, the vast majority of motorists who come into close proximity to these trucks do so without incident. For some drivers, though, the encounters result in truck accidents that leave them with serious injuries and a bleak future. Of course, a personal injury lawsuit may provide relief, and there can be a number of legal strategies that can lead to the recovery of compensation.

Louisiana truck accident firm representing victims

Truckers carry a heavy responsibility. Not only must they work hard to meet their delivery deadlines, but they also have to be alert and attentive nearly every moment they are on the job. A momentary lapse in attention, whether caused by distraction or trucker fatigue, can result in a devastating truck accident. Victims of these accidents can find themselves facing damages that can put their physical, emotional, and financial well-being in jeopardy.

Louisiana bill would seek to lower truck speed limit

Semi-trucks can be seen on Louisiana's roadways every hour of the day. These massive vehicles, which sometimes carry dangerous cargo, often clip along at the same, or faster, speed as other, smaller vehicles. Does this increase the risk that a truck accident could occur?

FMCSA exempts some truckers with epilepsy

Trucking is a dangerous industry, not only for truckers, but also for other motorists. A negligent trucker in Lafayette can make a mistake that puts his or her safety in danger, as well as that of drivers nearby. For example, a fatigued driver may nod off behind the wheel causing his or her truck to drift into another lane or oncoming traffic.

Louisiana firm fighting to impose liability on negligent truckers

Last week on the blog we discussed how trucks should operate in hazardous conditions. When truckers in Louisiana fail to drive safely in wet, icy or foggy conditions, they can lose control of their vehicle and cause a devastating truck accident. Victims of these tragic wrecks can be subjected to extensive losses that can leave them physically, emotionally and financially damaged.

Poor driving during hazardous conditions leads to truck accidents

Many factors go into driving a semi-truck safely in Louisiana. As this blog has discussed in the past, trucks must be properly maintained, and truckers must ensure that they are sober and well-rested. But this just scratches the surface in regards to trucking safety. One of the most important things truckers can do to ensure safety is adjust their driving according to current weather conditions.

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