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Compensation can help after suffering truck accident injury

There is something to be said for being at the right place at the right time. But what about when you have a knack for being at the wrong place at the wrong time, like inside a motor-vehicle when a commercial truck ride goes terribly wrong? Truck accident injury is serious and those injured should consider filing a personal injury claim.

Preventing fatal truck accidents with side-guards

Some of the most dangerous motor vehicle accidents in Massachusetts and nationwide occur when a standard automobile collides with the side of a semi-truck. In what are known as an under-ride accidents, the automobile is forced underneath the side of the semi-truck, shearing off the roof, smashing the windshield in and often causing a fatality. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, under-ride crashes constitute about 50 percent of all deadly accidents that occur between automobiles and semi-trucks. In fact, in 2015, 750 fatalities occurred in such crashes.

Truck driver fatigue can lead to devastating accidents

Semi-truck drivers in Massachusetts are often pushed to their absolute limits. In the name of the almighty dollar, they may be incentivized or even required by their employers to make deliveries as quickly as possible. This means long hours on the road, despite federal trucking regulations that limit how long a truck driver can be on-the-job and when rest breaks must be taken and for how long.

Truck driver in fatal accident concealed medical condition

Some of our readers may have seen the news that a truck driver who failed to stop for slowing traffic ahead of him in a crash at the end of last year concealed his diabetes to obtain the necessary medical clearance, according to federal investigators. The truck accident, which took place in a neighboring state, resulted in the deaths of a man and a boy in the car the truck hit after failing to stop in time. The 56-year-old truck driver from Massachusetts was informed earlier last year that as an insulin-dependent diabetic, he could no longer drive across state lines.

How much damage could an inattentive truck driver cause?

This blog recently discussed the protections and resources available to victims of distracted drivers. With the problem of distracted driving increasing, you may wonder how serious it is for truck drivers and how many and how often truck drivers are driving distracted? A study from 2009 revealed that in 71 percent of truck accidents, the truck driver was discovered to be doing something other than watching the road. In addition, a 2006 study revealed that inattentive driving was a leading factor in crashes and near crashes and that 80 percent of crashes involve driver inattention three seconds before the accident.

Help protecting against truck accidents and when they occur

Semi-truck accidents can have horrific consequences. There are 11 million semi trucks travelling greater than 288 billion miles each year in the United States. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that during 2009, large trucks were involved in 286,000 truck accidents which resulted in 3,000 deaths and 74,000 injuries. These numbers represent many victims and families impacted by semi-truck accidents.

Protections are available for hit and run accident victims

Hit and run accidents may be caused by negligent drivers who were drinking and driving or were otherwise careless. Hit and run accidents can result in serious injuries and fatalities. When a hit and run driver was driving drunk in Massachusetts, several parties may be liable to the victim and the victim's family for the harm and damages they have suffered. Criminal charges may also provide a basis for proving negligence in a civil claim for damages.

Man dies in Massachusetts tractor-trailer accident

Truck accident victims are protected through legal resources designed to help them following an accident. A man was recently struck and killed by a tractor trailer in Massachusetts. The 38-year-old victim's vehicle was disabled on the side of the roadway when he was struck. The breakdown lane and right lane of the highway were closed while authorities investigated the fatal truck accident. Following the accident, the 50-year-old driver of the tractor trailer remained at the scene. The accident is still under investigation but charges have yet to be filed.

Distracted driving rules for commercial drivers

Most of us are aware of the dangers of distracted driving. These dangers can be even more serious when a truck driver engages in them because of the size disparity between commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles and the catastrophic harm truck accidents can cause. There are important rules related to truck drivers and distracted driving and cell phone use that truck drivers and other motorists should be aware of to help ensure the safety of everyone on the roadways.

Truck drivers are held to high impaired driving standards

Commercial drivers, including truck drivers, are held to a higher standard than other drivers concerning impaired driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established standards for commercial drivers related to impaired driving. Commercial accidents and truck accidents can be particularly serious and costly physically, financially and emotionally for victims, so it is important that truck drivers are not careless on the roadways.

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