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Uber and GHSA Team Up Promoting Seatbelt Use for the Summer

 

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Just in time for family summer vacations, the governors Highway safety Association and Uber announce an initiative called “Make it Click: Every seat. Every ride”. The purpose is to bring awareness to the need for wearing seatbelts and the dangers for those who choose not to buckle up.

 

Uber is to be commended for its leadership in joining with the GHSA in the make it click program.

 

Seatbelt Safety Statistics

 

The latest information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that over 9000 rear seat passengers died in 2016 who were not using seatbelts. Of those over half would have survived if they had simply chosen to buckle up.

 

Backseat passengers are three times more likely to die in a car wreck if they are not wearing their seatbelts, according to a recent study.

Seatbelt Safety

 

Make it Click

 

Everything we do to promote seatbelt use and the habit of buckling up will save lives. Many people in the backseat do not buckle up particularly during travel not far from home. Apparently, the backseat riders get a false sense of security and do not always buckle up. Front seat drivers are much more active in seatbelt use.

 

Everyone can make a difference by simply requesting those in the car with you to buckle up. The vast majority of car accidents occur close to home and for this reason, seatbelt use should be developed into a habit.

 

Thank You Uber

 

I have found Uber to be an excellent method of travel and highly recommend the service to everyone. Not only have the drivers been consistently friendly and professional, the price has been reasonable, and the timing is impeccable. Also, with this initiative Uber has demonstrated its commitment to community and safety by participating in this outreach.

 

Please buckle up and ask everyone in your car to always wear a seatbelt!

Family Awarded $89 Million in Lawsuit Against Trucking Company

 

A Texas jury awarded a Houston woman $89.7 million in a lawsuit against a large trucking firm. The lawsuit stemmed from a 2014 crash with a big rig on Interstate 20 in Odessa, Texas. The accident killed the woman’s 7-year-old son, paralyzed her 12-year-old daughter and caused extensive brain damage to another son.

The big rig was owned and operated by Werner Enterprises and was being driven by a student driver at the time of the crash. According to the details of the case, the area was experiencing bad weather on the day of the crash and the National Weather Service had issued warnings for freezing rain and icy conditions. The driver was reportedly traveling at 50 MPH just before the crash. He was on a schedule that required him to make a delivery in California the following day.

Dangerous Trucking Company Practices

This case illustrates the dangerous practices in which some trucking companies might participate. The attorney in this case stated that the truck driver should have taken another route due to weather conditions, but because of an expedited delivery schedule, he had to remain on the road. An inexperienced driver might have been unaware of the consequences of remaining on the road during these conditions.

There are many instances such as this one, in which big rig drivers were negligent while on the road. One of the factors in some accidents is fatigue due to driving for long periods of time. Drivers are often paid by the load and therefore need to try to handle the delivery in as short a time as possible. Fatigue on the roads is one of the most serious problems because it can be just as deadly as drunk driving.

Another factor may be distracted driving. This includes texting while driving, which is illegal in the state of Texas. Distractions are activities that cause drivers to take their eyes on the road, their hands off the wheel or their minds off driving. Texting requires a driver to engage in all three types of distractions, making it a very dangerous activity.

Injuries in Big Rig Accidents

When a vehicle collides with a big rig, it often results in very severe injuries. As in this case, victims may suffer back and neck injuries that cause paralysis, head trauma that can cause a traumatic brain injury or fatalities. Victims and their families may suffer financially due to the enormous medical bills for treatment and ongoing care. In addition, they also deal with pain and suffering and other damages that are directly related to the injuries.

First and foremost, families need to deal with their immediate medical needs. Then, they will need to work with the insurance company to get compensation for their damages. Unfortunately, insurance companies may not provide a settlement that will adequately cover all of the current and future expenses. An experienced truck accident attorney will work to get you the settlement you and your family deserve.

Contact the 18-Wheeler Accident Attorneys

If you or a loved one were seriously hurt in a big rig accident contact the Houston 18-Wheeler accident attorneys to discuss your next steps with a no obligation case consultation.

281-893-0760

 

 

Resources:

MSN News https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/offbeat/texas-jury-hits-werner-enterprises-with-nearly-2490-million-verdict/ar-AAxrNra?ffid=gz

National Weather Service https://www.weather.gov/

 

Holding Trucking Companies Responsible for an Accident

 

We have been holding trucking companies accountable for accidents of their drivers for over three decades with incredible success. Trucking companies and their insurers are always looking for ways to avoid paying fair value for injuries caused by their drivers. One of the tricks they try to use is to suggest that the truck driver was an “independent contractor” and therefore the trucking company itself is not responsible.

holding truck company responsible

This article is written to cover some of the areas in which a trucking company can be held responsible for their actions or the actions of the driver.

1. WHEN THE DRIVER IS AN EMPLOYEE

When the driver is an actual employee of the trucking company, the company will be automatically responsible for the negligent conduct of the driver under the doctrine of respondeat superior and also under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.

An exception would be when the employed driver is not driving on the job or to benefit the employer at the time of the crash. If the employee is in the “course and scope” of employment at the time of the collision the employer will be deemed to be legally responsible for their actions. With employee drivers who are on the job furthering their employer’s interest at the time of the crash, the trucking company will be responsible for their driver’s actions.

2. OWNER-OPERATORS

Owner-operators are usually those that own their own trucking business. An owner-operator also might lease onto a carrier as a method to operate their business under the umbrella of the trucking company. Currently, there are over 350,000 owner operators in the United States. The vast majority of those lease on to larger trucking companies and they operate under the trucking companies DOT number.

Currently, there is a truck driver shortage which is putting pressure on trucking companies to adequately fill open jobs. Most of the companies will use the owner-operator lease method to fill their openings. The federal safety regulations ensure that the trucking company also was known as a motor carrier remains responsible for the operation of the truck as opposed to sticking all of the responsibility on the owner-operator. The safety regulations intent in this regard is to prevent the trucking company from escaping civil liability by entering into lease agreements.

If you are in an accident and the driver was a leased driver or owner-operator, the lease agreement itself should specify the ultimate responsibility and control for the truck. The FMCSA’s mainly place the ultimate burden on the motor carrier.

3. NEGLIGENT HIRING

Trucking companies can also be responsible for their conduct in the area of negligent hiring or retention. In this situation, a trucking company that hires an unsafe driver can be held independently responsible for the trucking companies own actions. Under the safety regulations, trucking companies must ensure that the drivers under their control are safe. The companies also must make sure the drivers are qualified. Trucking companies must investigate the background and safety of the drivers that they hire before they put them on the road.

If a driver proves to be unsafe after he has been hired by the company, the company must terminate that employment or place them in a situation where he is not a professional driver for the company. These regulations are intended to protect the motoring public from unsafe drivers behind the wheel of an 80,000-pound vehicle.

4. CONDITION OF THE BIG RIG

Motor carriers can also be responsible for their negligence if the vehicle itself is in a dangerous condition that was a cause of the crash. Trucking companies have the ultimate responsibility to ensure the safety of the trucks before they are on the highway. As the attorney for an 18-wheeler accident, we see the situation repeatedly where the brakes on the big rig are in an unsafe operating condition which was a cause of the crash.

Trucking companies must routinely inspect and repair the tractor-trailers in their fleet including those of owner-operators. When a company cuts corners with the safety of the big rigs they can be held accountable for their conduct independent of that of the driver.

5. VIOLATIONS OF THE HOURS OF SERVICE

One of the biggest factors of truck accidents is that of the fatigued driver. Truck drivers particularly those who are long-haul drivers behind the wheel for long hours and often have inadequate sleep and rest breaks. For this reason, the safety regulations specify the maximum number of hours a truck driver can drive on any given day and week. Because drivers are usually paid by the mile, there is every incentive for a driver to fudge on his logbooks and drive longer than he should be driving. Recently, however, the regulations have changed to require certain motor carriers to maintain digital logs which are more difficult but not impossible to cheat.

Nevertheless, some trucking companies will be lax on their safety compliance and turn a blind eye to hours of service violations. Or worse, fail to supervise the driver.

6. OTHER VIOLATIONS OF THE FMCSR

A truck company can also be responsible for violation of the federal regulations in an area other than those outlined above. The federal regulations create an independent duty on the part of the motor carrier with an effort toward safer drivers, safer vehicles, and less unnecessary accidents.

CONSULT WITH A LAWYER FOR 18-WHEELER ACCIDENTS

Call us for a no-obligation consultation regarding an 18-wheeler accident in the state of Texas. We limit our cases to those involving serious injury or the loss of a loved one to provide the best possible representation to those who unfortunately have been in a truck wreck that was not their fault.

Call 281-893-0760.

Critical Evidence to Win 18 wheeler Accident Cases

In an accident with the tractor-trailer or other commercial truck, getting the right evidence is vital to winning a truck accident case.

Evidence for truck wrecks

Finding Violations of Safety Rules

Professional truck drivers must obtain a commercial driver’s license and are employed by a “motor carrier” that must comply with safety laws designed to protect us. These safety rules are the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Some of the rules relate to the driving of the vehicle, some of the training and qualifications of the drivers, others refer to the hours the trucker can work and finally the condition of the truck. The following are some of the methods used by top 18- wheeler accident lawyers to get evidence to win truck accident cases.

Electronic Logging Devices

Recently, the Department of Transportation has enacted rules regarding electronic logging devices which are used to keep track of safety compliance for such things as hours of service. These new electronic logging devices take the place of the old paper logs which are easily falsified.

Obtaining the electronic logging device data before the data is lost or destroyed is an important step in any serious injury or wrongful death truck accident case.

Crash Computer Data

The majority of the trucks on the road today come with computer crash data often called the “black box” which contains vital information such as the speed of the truck, application of the brakes, and other helpful evidence.

Maintenance Records

Obtaining the maintenance records for the tractor or the trailer is a must do whenever the condition of the vehicle may be an issue in the case. Trucking companies are notorious for ignoring safety items and general maintenance of a semi-truck. Whenever the condition of the brakes or other safety features may be an issue, obtaining the maintenance records is mandatory.

Driver Qualification File

Trucking companies are required to keep a driver qualification file on each of their truck drivers containing evidence of compliance with the safety rules or failure to comply with the safety rules. Further, the qualification file can be particularly damaging to the company when the truck driver is not qualified or improperly trained to operate the big rig.

Dash Cameras

More and more often we are finding trucking companies have installed video cameras in the trucks. Mainly larger trucking companies are utilizing video camera technology to have a safer fleet and also to prevent frivolous claims. Nevertheless, in many of our cases, the video evidence prevents the truck driver from denying the facts.

Scene Video

The old saying a picture is worth a thousand words is often very accurate. A video showing what happened in the accident saves the victim or their family a lot of words in a truck accident lawsuit. Local businesses now more often than not, use video surveillance to keep their premises safe. Obtaining the video evidence that may exist from local businesses or homes in the vicinity of the crash can make or break a case.

Witness Identification

Most people injured in the 18-wheeler accident are not able to gather the names and phone numbers of witnesses who may have seen the crash. Whether being transported by ambulance, or otherwise unable to obtain witness names, identification is critical to get important testimony regarding what happened.

911 tapes can be subpoenaed and almost always contain the name and phone number of the caller. Making Freedom of Information Requests also is used by leading attorneys. Unfortunately, most of the time, the crash report itself will not list critical witnesses other than the parties themselves. The importance of obtaining the necessary information about who may have seen the crash cannot be overstated.

Reports About the Trucker

Running reports about the truck drivers involved in an accident can be a fruitful source of information. Unfortunately, many truck drivers change the story about what happened in the crash to prevent the truth from hurting them. The motivations can be various, from protecting their commercial driver’s license to being coached to have seen the accident differently. In those cases, the credibility of the driver becomes a vital part of the case.

Interesting Large Truck Accident Statistics

 

Large truck accident stats

The Department of Transportation routinely conducts studies to evaluate opportunities to improve safety on our roadways by 18-wheeler drivers and trucking companies.  One such study evaluated large truck crash cases and came up with an overview of the truck accidents.

 

Every year thousands of people die and tens of thousands of people or injured in 18-wheeler accidents. The vast majority of those injured or killed are the other motorists involved in the accident with a large truck. Only 14% of the fatal accidents covered in the study involved deaths of the large truck occupants.

 

 

 

Some of the more interesting findings of the study include:

 

  • 3% of the professional drivers of large trucks involved in a fatal accident had a blood alcohol reading.
  • 82% of the truck drivers were wearing their seatbelt at the time of the accident
  • Fatal crashes appear to be on a slow decline over the years
  • Driver related factors for large trucks were reported at 34%
  • Large trucks account for approximately 10% of all the vehicle miles traveled the United States
  • 62% of large truck fatal crashes involved tractor-trailers
  • 2 to 3% of crashes involve large trucks carrying hazardous materials

 

 

The top five driver related factors for large trucks involved in fatal crashes are:

 

  1. Speeding
  2. Distraction or inattention
  3. Failure to keep in the proper lane
  4. Vision obscured and
  5. Failure to yield right-of-way

 

The most important vehicle related findings from the studies indicate that brakes and tires of the large trucks accounted for more than half of the vehicle related crash factors that were considered after the accident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is an 18-wheeler accident case worth?

 

 

This is a question that many of our clients ask and the answer depends on several different factors.

what an 18 wheeler case is worth

 

General Considerations for Valuing Semi- Truck Accidents

 

Truck accident valuations differ significantly from a car to car crash for these reasons:

 

 

  1. A higher standard of care comes with being a professional driver of an 80,000-pound vehicle. The federal motor carrier safety regulations which have been adopted largely by the state of Texas provide specific safety rules for both the truck driver and the company. Violation of the safety rules can be powerful evidence at trial and for this reason 18-wheeler accidents tend to be valued higher than the same accident with the car to car.

 

  1. Damages are usually significant given the disparity of weight between the typical 18-wheeler and the vehicles it strikes. Simple physics suggest that the injury potential goes up exponentially with the increase in weight of the vehicle. Serious injuries such as broken bones, spinal cord injury requiring surgery, head injury or other significant trauma are more likely than not when an 18-wheeler is involved. The severity of the property damages is a factor in assessing damages.

 

  1. Commercial vehicles require commercial liability insurance policies that are much larger than the Texas minimum liability policy required for passenger car. Most small to medium-size trucking companies carry a minimum liability policy of $1 million and some have policies much larger. Medium-sized to larger trucking companies usually have excess policies way beyond the primary limits.

 

Because a commercial policy is involved in truck accident cases and the heightened duties of both the trucking company and the professional driver, cases involving an 18-wheeler and personal injury are usually valued higher than the same damages with a car to car crash.

 

Factors for Determining Fair Damages

 

We have been winning tractor-trailer accident cases for over three decades and have become the go to law firm in the greater Houston area for this type of case. Because of our expertise in suing truck drivers and trucking companies, we are able to fight for maximum compensation in the limited number of cases that we agreed to take. In every case, the amount of damages is dependent upon many different factors. Here are a few considerations:

 

  • The amount of medical expenses- past and future
  • The treating physician’s diagnosis and prognosis for the future
  • Objective test findings by the treating doctors
  • Lost wages- past and future
  • Disability and disfigurement
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of mobility

 

 Determining Fair Value for Your Case

 

We use our decades of experience in handling truck crash cases to analyze the severity of the damages for each of our clients. Factors such as the permanent nature of an injury or the recovery Timetable are important considerations. Injuries that are lingering and of a permanent nature tend to be significant factors in considerations by juries. The doctor’s testimony regarding needing future expenses in the costs associated with the treatment are very important in damage assessments.

 

Juries and the trucking company’s insurance adjusters tend to value the doctor’s testimony more than what the injured victim has to say. Although juries give great weight to treating physicians, and serious damage cases the defense always retains a doctor who will testify to minimize damages.

 

Other factors that are considerations in damage assessment or whether or not surgery was needed, and hardware installed. Surgical cases are much easier to show a jury the extent of the injury and need for the treatment. Operated cases also tend to minimize the defense tactic of hiring a doctor who justifies surgery is not necessary and the injured person malingering.

 

Each case is analyzed once the complete medical records have been obtained and the doctors opinions known. There is not a formula that is generally accepted in dealing with a truck crash case.

 

 

 

 

The Dangers of Cell Phone Use While Driving

If you were asked ten years ago to imagine an activity we as a society could invent that would cause more motor vehicle accidents and more fatalities than drunk driving one would be hard to believe what it would be.

truckers banned from texting

That, however, is what we have done with the smartphone and text messaging. Business people rushing from meeting to meeting, mothers and fathers driving their children to and from activities, and high school and college-age young adults, some with less than one year of driving experience are all freely talking on and texting with their smartphone devices as if they are at no additional risk.

 

Almost 90% of all young drivers use their cell phones while driving and most are dangerously distracted.

 

The Statistics

 

According to The National Safety Council around 25% of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by texting and driving and using a cell phone accounts for 1.6 million crashes and 330,000 injuries each year. Texting is the leading cause of distracted driving in 78% of the 421,000 distracted driver accidents.

 

 

As recently as 2016 a driver is about six times more likely to have an accident while texting than if the driver was legally intoxicated. Reacting to a text message or notification takes a driver’s eyes off the road for at least 5 seconds while it takes only 3 seconds for a traffic accident to occur.

 

At 55 mph a driver travels about 100 yards during the 5 seconds it takes to glance at their smartphone and read a one-line text message.

 

Young Adults are Particularly Vulnerable

 

Almost 90% of all teens bring their phone to school and use them in the car coming from school. Every day 11 teens are killed in texting-related motor vehicle accidents.

 

The odds of a texting teen having an accident is four times greater than an adult. Most teens do not agree that they are putting their lives in danger by texting while driving. Teens report veering off of the road or veering into the oncoming lane of traffic approximately 10% of the time they are driving.

 

In a town with 500 high school drivers, that is 50 drivers per day that swerve off of the road because of texting, a staggering statistic. Police are pulling over people driving recklessly and veering off the road or into the other lane with increasing frequency, suspecting that the driver is drunk only to find a sober, yet texting driver.

 

What is Being Done?

 

As of August, 2017 a Texas statewide ban on texting while driving we be in effect and enforced. Law enforcement will be looking for drivers whose heads are down or veer out of their lane as an indication they may be texting.

 

A Texas driver can still text while stopped at a red light and use GPS navigation and listen to music. The penalty for texting while driving is $99 and increases to $200 for a second offense.

 

Police officers also now inquire about cell phone use in every reported accident in Texas. Insurance companies will follow in rating costs of auto policies if a driver has a history of cell use in an accident or a ticket for texting.

 

Commercial Drivers and Texting

 

Professional truckers are restricted using cell phones while driving a commercial vehicle. A rule applicable to motor carriers and drivers restricts a commercial driver while driving a big rig from holding a mobile device to make a call or dialing by pressing more than a single button. Commercial motor vehicle drivers can only use a cell phone with hands-free operation. Texting is forbidden.

 

Fines for commercial motor vehicles are substantially higher than those involving regular drivers in Texas. Further, the driver can be disqualified for multiple violations.

 

 

 

How to Avoid Blind Spot Accidents

 

 

 

What is the Blind Spot? A blind spot is a place in either lane adjacent to the one being driven in at an approximately 45-degree angle to the driver where neither the side view or rear-view mirror picks up the presence of another motor vehicle.

Big Truck Blind Spots

When changing lanes in either direction the driver is required to “head check,” i.e., take their eyes off of the road in front for a second or two and to look to see if a car is obstructing their turn.   As the nation’s highway systems expand more lanes are added making them more dangerous to motorists wishing to change lanes. It is not uncommon for interstate highways to run five or more lanes in each direction.

 

Switching lanes to pass a slower vehicle or to get on the off-ramp lane puts the motorist in danger of colliding with another car that may be traveling in the driver’s blind spot. Nearly 1 million accidents occur each year due to a driver making a lane switch without first checking to see if another automobile is in their blind spot.

 

No driver is immune to the risk of blind spot accidents. Failing to check the blind spot before making a lane switch can cause serious, even fatal automobile accidents and none are more serious than those that involve an automobile and a commercial vehicle.

 

Blind Spots and 18-Wheelers

 

Most accidents involving 18-wheelers happen because the 18-wheeler has several large blind spots and the driver of a smaller motor vehicle operator unaware of the big rig’s unique safety requirements.

Tractor-trailer blind spots

A tractor-trailer’s blind spot extends the entire right side of the trailer and there is no way for a commercial driver to head check to see if another vehicle is occupying that space.

 

A motorist to be aware of this and never travel or attempt to pass an 18-wheeler on the right, even in slow-moving traffic.  Avoiding blind spot accidents there are several safety tips to help a driver minimize the chances of being involved in a blind spot accident.

Blind spots exist for all big trucks, including dump trucks, garbage trucks, tanker trucks and tractor-trailers.

 

First is to drive within the speed limit designed to maximize a driver’s ability to avoid potential collisions.

 

Second is to know that other drivers have blind spots also and minimize the time spent in them to only a brief second while passing. Also, do a physical head check to make sure that another driver traveling in the blind spot can be seen.

 

Blind Spots for Cars

 

The blind spot can be eliminated for drivers of automobiles according to the University of Wisconsin on their motor vehicle science safety page http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~gdguo/driving/BlindSpot.htm, the mirrors on all late-model motor vehicles can be adjusted as follows to eliminate the blind spot.  “The first step is to adjust the rear-view mirror to do exactly that – give you a view directly to the rear. Position it so that it best covers your view straight out the rear window. Don’t bother tilting it to one side or the other to assist with your view of traffic to either side of your car. That’s what the side mirrors are for.

 

Next, lean your head until it almost touches the driver’s side window. Then, adjust your left side mirrors so you can just barely see the side of your car and no more than that.

 

Lean your head to the right towards the middle of the car and adjust the right-side mirror so you can just barely see the right side of your car. You should NOT be able to see the side of your car when your head is upright. Why would you want to? When was the last time your own car ran into itself?

 

Check for blind spots by doing: While driving along a four-lane road in the right lane, note a vehicle in the left lane coming up to pass you from behind.

 

Without moving your head, glance in the rear-view mirror and follow it as it approaches your car in the left lane. Just before it disappears from your view in the rear-view mirror, glance to the left side mirror. There it is.

 

Now follow that vehicle in the side mirror as it passes you. Then, just before it disappears from the side mirror, see it with your peripheral vision. Notice that without even turning your head, you never had a blind-spot. Then try it with the right-side mirror. Watch as you pass a vehicle traveling in the right lane go from your peripheral vision to your right-side mirror, to your rear-view mirror.

 

Again, no blind-spot. If there is a blind spot for even a fraction of a second, your side mirror adjustment needs fine-tuning.”

 

With all the advice given for adjusting the mirrors to pick up a motor vehicle in the blind spot, a quick head check is an additional assurance you may change lanes safely.

For driving on the roadway near a tractor-trailer, be aware of the areas around the big rig that are blind spots and try to avoid being in these areas for any length of time.

If you are in a blind spot accident call the Texas truck wreck specialists Toll Free 1-866-758-4529.

Things to do After Being in an Accident with a Commercial Vehicle

 

 

Provide First Aid and Call 911

 

A person should know what to do in the immediate aftermath of a motor vehicle accident involving a big truck. Big trucks can be large box package delivery trucks, tankers carrying liquids, garbage trucks and big rigs sometimes called 18-wheelers. Due to the sheer size, weight, and momentum of large trucks, the injuries suffered by other vehicles can be most catastrophic. A big rig jack knifing on an interstate highway at 80 miles per hour can involve dozens of cars and result in mass casualties.

 

Do Not Leave the Scene

 

If you are involved in an accident with a large truck, the first thing to remember is to stay at the scene and do not leave. There are severe penalties in Texas for leaving the scene of an accident where another person was injured or killed. If it is safe and a person can get out of their car, the person should administer first aid to anyone in need and also call 911 to alert the police and to get immediate medical assistance.

 

After you have helped others to the extent, you are capable and called 911 the next thing you need to do is to accept the ambulance ride to the local hospital’s emergency room. Your injuries may be apparent but sometimes they are not and do not materialize for days or weeks to come. Getting immediate medical attention will also serve to document your initial pain and problems. Above all, remember to give large trucks plenty of room and don’t expect them to see you.

 

Call a Personal Injury Lawyer with Trucking Accident Experience

 

Big truck drivers are on a tight schedule and pushed to the limit to deliver their cargo as fast as they can. Time is money, and the faster they can do the job the more money their company makes. Drivers often drive for long hours without rest and can fall asleep at the wheel.

 

A commercial driver can also drive recklessly and over the speed limit to get to their destination quickly. Companies with trucks on the road must maintain detailed logs of their driver’s activities. If you are involved in an accident with a big truck, you need to call a personal injury attorney to secure important evidence as soon as possible.

 

 

 

Pick a lawyer who specializes in commercial vehicles as they will have the expertise to move your case quickly along without having to learn on the job.

 

Watch What You Say

 

From a legal standpoint, answer the questions that the police put to you, but be careful what you say to the truck driver.

Remember, truck insurance adjusters, including those from your own insurance company, will in some cases rush to the scene to assess the damages that their companies may be liable. Insurance agents and adjusters work for the insurance company, not you, and their job is to reduce or eliminate paying out claims.

As a general rule the less you say to them the better and let your injury lawyer do the talking for you.

 

After calling 911, call an experienced and knowledgeable big rig accident attorney. You may have to sue the truck company and driver for reimbursement of medical expenses lost wages, pain, and suffering and other legal damages.

 

Electric Semi-Trucks and the Expansion of the Use of Electric Trucks

 

Electric 18-wheelers

A person need only turn on a cable news channel and view for a reasonable period before seeing a report about electric vehicles. From hybrids to all-electric derivations, the age of the electric motor vehicle is upon us.

 

One area in which electric vehicles are almost nonexistence is in the semi-truck arena. Industry analysts have started to speculate that the time in which commercial electric semi-trucks will be in wider use. With this in mind, there are some essential considerations you need to bear in mind when it comes to electric semi-trucks.

 

The Virtual Nonuse of Electric Semi-trucks Today

 

At this juncture in the 21st century, electric semi-trucks are almost nonexistent in the United States and other locations around the world. There are a few key reasons why electric semi-trucks are not being fully utilized today.

 

First, the costs associated with manufacturing an electric semi-truck are significant. With that understood, the cost associated with producing electric semi-trucks eventually are expected to decrease when more of the vehicles made.

 

Second, because semi-trucks typically are intended for extended trips, better battery life and increasing limited recharging opportunities when on the road will lead to more companies using electric rigs.

 

History of Electric Trucks: The Milk Float

 

Although the utilization of electric semi-trucks has been next to none, electric trucks of different types have been in use. In some cases, these types of vehicles have used very successfully.

 

During the 20th century, the vast majority of electric trucks in operation were in the U.K. and were known as milk floats. Indeed, at this juncture of the 21st century, when it comes to electric trucks, U.S. milk floats play a key role.

 

Electric milk floats are the trucks the deliver milk in the U.K. With all the stops and starts of a milk float making its rounds, electric, as opposed to a combustion engine proves far more efficient.

 

The Port of Los Angeles

 

An electric semi-truck experimental project is ongoing at the Port of Los Angeles. At the Port of Los Angeles, electric semi-trucks move fully loaded cargo containers relatively short distances. Because these containers do not need to be moved very far, the range does not enter the equation. The use of electric semi-trucks has a reduced energy consumption and will be cost effective for trucking companies when initial costs come down, and infrastructure for recharging exists.

 

Once the dual issues of manufacturing cost and battery charge lifespan are solved, the use of electric semi-trucks is expected to increase rapidly.  Also safety issues are expected to me minimized with the elimination of diesel on future big rigs.

 

In fact, several auto manufacturers have recently announced that all new vehicles will be electric in just a few years.

 

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