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Are truck drivers subject to distracted driving laws?

In order to operate a large commercial truck or bus on a Massachusetts road or highway a driver usually must possess a special license that demonstrates their capacity to handle such a massive vehicle. This special license is an important element of gaining the right and responsibility of truck driving as 18-wheelers, semis and other large rigs can be incredibly dangerous when they are poorly operated by their drivers. The possession of the special license is a sign that a driver understands the rules and regulations that apply to them when they are operating their commercial automobiles.

Aspects to consider when injured in a truck accident

There are so many things to think about when yourself or a loved one has been critically injured in a truck accident. First and foremost, the health and well-being of a loved one is number one. Secondly, thinking about what steps to take to ensure that the injured has a smooth and easy-transition as possible transitioning back into regular life. For some injured in truck accidents, life will never return to how it was. So how does an injured reconcile their new life with their old life?If a person was injured due to another's negligence in a Massachusetts truck accident, there could be a variety of causations that ultimately resulted in the injury to yourself or a loved one. Trucks can and do operate safely and without incident every day, but for the one's that malfunction, are overloaded, are not maintenance and are operated improperly by the truck driver, they can cause serious injury to other passenger drivers. This is due to the sheer size of trucks, they can easily crush or run other passenger vehicles off the road. There are strict state and federal regulations that are in place to prevent such incidents from happening. However, when those laws or regulations are not followed, it could indicate negligence on behalf of one or more parties. Truck accident negligence rests on proving that a duty owed by the defendant was breached and that failure to owe that duty directly resulted in a person's injuries and losses. Personal injury, workers' comp, criminal law and employment law can all be issues impacted by just one truck accident injury incident. There are a multitude of angles that could have caused a person's truck accident injury including the possibility that another passenger vehicle could have contributed.

Hold the negligent parties responsible for truck accident injury

We have all seen commercial trucks hauling their load down Worcester roads. While we need these trucks to bring the goods and services to those that need it and to keep businesses running smoothly, there is a downside to their presence.

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.

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