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Category Archives: Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Truck Driver Dies After Being Trapped in Fiery Vehicle

A recent four-vehicle collision at a busy intersection in Golden Valley resulted in the death of one driver. A minivan driven by a 66-year-old woman made an illegal turn, causing a large truck to crash into the van, hit a signal post and burst into flames. The flames prevented bystanders from helping the 64-year-old truck… Read More »

Child Dies After Disproportionate Matchup in Motorcycle and Semi-Truck Accident

A child’s ride in the fresh air with her mother’s boyfriend ended horrifically after his motorcycle collided with a semi-truck attempting to make a U-turn recently in California. The big rig apparently backed over the 4-year-old girl after both people were thrown off the motorcycle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of… Read More »

New Trucking Hours-of-Service Estimated to Save Lives and Reduce Driver Fatigue

Changes to truck drivers’ hours-of-service regulations went into effect at the beginning of July. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration invoked the changes to reduce driver fatigue, which is a major cause of truck accidents across the country. When a truck collides with a passenger car, motorcycle or pedestrian, the… Read More »

Truck Crashes Involving Hazardous Materials Have Wide-Reaching Dangers

A hazardous materials (hazmat) tanker truck carrying fuel recently overturned in Bristow, Virginia, leaking gasoline onto the street. The truck’s driver and two hazmat technicians had to be decontaminated after coming in contact with the fuel. While nobody suffered immediate life-threatening injuries, the long-term effects on the environment and the surrounding neighborhood are yet to… Read More »

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents often result in death or severe, long-term injuries. For example, a man was recently hospitalized in Pennsylvania when he failed to notice a car stopped and waiting to take a left turn ahead. His sudden braking caused his truck to jackknife and hit a dump truck and log truck. In general, trucks have… Read More »

What Damages Am I Entitled To After A Serious Truck Accident?

There are many causes of truck accidents, but a 19-year-old man gave one of the strangest explanations: zombies. Jeremiah Hartline claimed he stole an 18-wheeler truck, with which he sideswiped several cars and caused a chain-reaction crash before it jackknifed and blocked all four lanes of traffic, because zombies were chasing him. He was believed… Read More »

Sharing the Road with Tractor-Trailers: Safety First

Every vehicle accident is dangerous and unwanted, but collisions involving a large truck can be especially dangerous. It’s easy to imagine who has the advantage when an 80,000 pound tractor trailer crashes into a 3,500 pound car, and the consequences often lead to severe injuries or death. In 2010, 44,310 trucks were involved in crashes… Read More »

How Do Emergency Declarations Affect Driver Regulations?

As people across the United States watch a hurricane, severe snow storm or tornado unfold on their televisions, they may not think about the relief efforts involved in the aftermath of such natural disasters. The President may issue a federal emergency declaration for a state if: The state submits a local emergency declaration and a… Read More »

Jackknifing Not Enough to Prove Liability in Truck Accidents

A two-vehicle accident was reported in eastern Michigan recently. A semi tractor-trailer slammed into the rear of a car, sending the smaller vehicle into a guardrail and its driver and other passenger to the hospital with serious injuries. The truck jackknifed and fell into a deep, water-filled ditch. As often happens with truck versus car… Read More »