One of the most serious dangers on the road relates to a semitruck driver who falls asleep. A sleeping driver is likely to drive off the road, drive into oncoming traffic or cause a catastrophic and fatal accident. This is why federal lawmakers have created strict guidelines that require truckers to receive a certain amount of rest each week. However, the rest guidelines don't eliminate all sleepy driving risks, because these kinds of accidents continue to happen throughout the nation.
Imagine that you're driving a commercial semitruck down the road and suddenly you feel a strange vibration, a crack and the entire steering wheel falls into your lap. If something like this were to happen, you would lose control of the truck and possibly drive off the roadway and have a life-threatening accident. If you don't think something like this could happen, then you're wrong. Hyundai recently announced a defect that could cause such a calamity -- albeit on a much smaller scale than a big rig.
When it comes to dangerous products, consumers rarely find out about the dangers of certain products until after numerous people have been injured and or killed. This is exactly what happened with the massive Takata Airbag recall, which has affected millions of vehicles built by different manufacturers throughout the world. When left unfixed, defective Takata airbags can explode, causing death and catastrophic injuries to passengers and drivers.
Trucking accidents happen every day on U.S. roads and interstates. Fortunately, most of them do not result in serious injuries or death, but some of them do. For this reason, it's important that we learn and understand why trucking accidents happen so that they can be avoided in the future.
The electric automaker, Tesla, has been taking the passenger vehicle market by storm, and now it wants to tap into the semitruck and transportation business by selling the electric Tesla Semi, which boasts numerous safety features. These features could offer solutions to some of the most dangerous aspects of semitrucks that cause fatal truck accidents.
When most Montana residents get hurt by a negligent or unlawful truck driver, they focus on the truck driver to hold him or her accountable. However, the truck driver who caused your car accident and injuries may not be the only one who's liable. The employer of the truck driver could also be liable for financial damages resulting from your auto accident.
When it comes to truck accident prevention and the safety of big rigs, there are a lot of "so called facts" that people throw around. Many of these facts just aren't true. In an effort to dispel some of these myths, let's take a look at some of the most common truck accident safety misconceptions that you might encounter.
Tire blowouts happen a lot more frequently than most motorists would care to know. You might think that these incidents happen due to a weak spot in the tire, a nail in the road or too much pressure. While these are indeed frequent causes of a blowout, most are the result of too little air in the tire. The lack of air pressure causes too much flexion in the tire, which causes the tire to overheat.
Have you ever looked at the side of a semitruck trailer, and noticed how high it sits off the ground? A large portion of a vehicle could slip under these trailers if the vehicle were to collide with the semitruck from the side. The problem is, the top of the vehicle -- the windshield and the roof -- would smash into the trailer as the car slips under in an accident scenario.
Every Montana driver has encountered a giant semitruck on the highway. Facing these behemoths is probably a normal occurrence for you if you drive on a regular basis. Although 18-wheelers and other large commercial vehicles are common, it does not mean they're safe. One mistake by a truck driver or passenger car driver can result in a fatal crash in an instance.