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How Fast Can Commercial Trucks Safely Travel on Highways?

Published on Sep 29, 2021 at 8:05 am in Truck Accident.
How Fast Can Commercial Trucks Safely Travel on Highways?

Answering questions regarding the safest speed for commercial trucks to travel on highways involves more than simply knowing the posted speed limit. Speed limits are designed for the best of weather, road, and visibility conditions. The law stipulates that vehicles should travel at a speed that is reasonably safe for the conditions, even if that speed is less than the posted limit.

And tractor-trailer drivers need to account for all relevant conditions even more than most vehicles’ drivers. Large commercial trucks are roughly 20 – 30 times the size of passenger vehicles by weight, and are prone to a slew of dangers smaller cars don’t need to worry about. Accidents too often occur when large trucks travel too fast for the conditions. For passenger vehicle drivers who share the road with 18-wheelers, it’s important to know what to do in case of a truck accident. Truck drivers, for their part, need to be aware of all the legal speed limits in the states they travel, and—even more importantly—when to slow down.

What Are the Common Signs of a Negligent Truck Driver?

Published on Jul 28, 2021 at 6:00 am in Truck Accident.
What Are the Common Signs of a Negligent Truck Driver?

Truck drivers go through a lot of training and certifications in order to drive their large trucks on the road. This means that they know about their rig and how to maneuver it on the highway. However, they can still make mistakes that lead to collisions with other vehicles around them because they’re still human like every other driver on the road.

When they act negligently and cause a collision, everyone involved is at risk for serious injuries. A truck accident lawyer from the Law Office of Todd W. Burris can help you recover from your damages and ensure that you get justice for what you’ve been through. Let’s take a look at the common signs of a negligent truck driver so you can know when one caused your collision.

How Often Do Truck Accidents Occur in Georgetown?

Published on Jul 19, 2021 at 8:33 am in Truck Accident.
How Often Do Truck Accidents Occur in Georgetown?

Driving through Georgetown, Kentucky can be an appealing experience—our picturesque streets make travelling to your destination more enjoyable, or if Georgetown is your destination, you might be driving through on the way to your next activity. However, since we’re located between three major cities in Kentucky, we see a lot of truck traffic on our roads.

Even if you are paying attention to the road and driving carefully, even the most trained truck driver could make a mistake that causes a collision. If you’ve been in a truck accident in Georgetown, you could use the help of an attorney. At the Law Office of Todd W. Burris, we understand how detrimental a large truck wreck can be, which is why we’re here to support you and get you justice.

How Does Negligent Hiring Lead to Commercial Truck Accidents?

Published on Sep 28, 2020 at 12:23 pm in Truck Accident.
How Does Negligent Hiring Lead to Commercial Truck Accidents?

Commercial vehicles like tractor-trailers require specialized knowledge in order to operate and drive safely. In the event a trucking company negligently hires its drivers, there’s an increased risk that an accident will happen.

Crashes involving commercial trucks are particularly dangerous for passenger vehicles because of the sheer size and weight difference between the two. It’s crucial for truckers to understand how best to operate their vehicles and how to avoid potentially dangerous situations. Before we look at the problems associated with negligent hiring, let’s take a look at what the typical qualifications are for a truck driver.

How Often Are Fire Trucks Involved in Accidents?

Published on Aug 6, 2020 at 10:38 am in Truck Accident.
How Often Are Fire Trucks Involved in Accidents?

In December of 2019, a firetruck from the Richland Fire Department ran off the road and flipped, and another truck from the same company was called to respond to the accident. Thankfully, firefighter Jerry Mills who was driving the truck that flipped made a full recovery from his injuries from the crash. Though accidents involving fire trucks don’t happen as often as other vehicular accidents, they easily can become very dangerous for everyone involved.

After an accident with a firetruck, you could be seriously injured, out of work, and left with bills for tons of damage. A Lexington personal injury lawyer from the Law Office of Todd W. Burris can help you recover compensation for all of the damages you’ve endured from your accident.

How to Obtain a Copy of a Truck Accident Report

Published on Jul 23, 2020 at 11:26 am in Truck Accident.
How to Obtain a Copy of a Truck Accident Report

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident and are planning on seeking compensation for your losses, it’s important to ensure you have the evidence needed to build a strong case. When you work with a lawyer, they will help you obtain a copy of the truck accident report, which will have crucial information for your claim.

Obtaining a copy of an accident report varies by state and city. To understand how you can obtain a copy, let’s start by looking at when truck drivers are legally required under federal law to report a crash.

What Are Jackknife Accidents and How Do They Happen?

Published on Feb 27, 2020 at 10:44 am in Truck Accident.
What Are Jackknife Accidents and How Do They Happen?

When a semitruck is in a collision, sometimes it can cause a jackknife, which is when the cab and trailer fold in toward one another. The two parts of the up to 80,000-pound vehicle form a 90-degree angle, which is not only dangerous, but also looks unnatural and scary. In very bad accidents, the angle is even smaller, which can cause the cab and trailer to collapse into themselves.

Jackknife accidents are dangerous for semitruck drivers and regular vehicle drivers alike. Commercial truck drivers are in danger during a jackknife because the trailer hitting the cab can be deadly. Drivers of the surrounding regular vehicles are also in danger if they are in the path of the trailer, cab, or truck as a whole while folding. Even though the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reported that less than five percent of fatal accidents involve jackknifed tractor trailers, they are still serious scenarios to be aware of.

What If a Truck Carrying Hazardous Materials Gets into a Wreck?

Published on Apr 11, 2019 at 8:16 am in Truck Accident.
What If a Truck Carrying Hazardous Materials Gets into a Wreck?

Truck accidents often cause a lot of damage, especially when the truck is an 18-wheeler and crashes while traveling at high speeds. In these situations, they can easily harm others on the road with them. However, the accident can increase significantly in danger if the truck is carrying hazardous materials—substances that can harm people and the environment around them. These injuries can be life-altering or even fatal.

What’s the Safest Way to Pass Truckers on Highways?

Published on Feb 28, 2019 at 10:46 am in Truck Accident.
What’s the Safest Way to Pass Truckers on Highways?

The commercial transportation industry is one of the largest in the United States. Countless goods and services are transported across the country on a daily basis. While most tractor-trailers reach their destination and drop off their haul, a number end up in accidents that cause property damage and injuries. Some collisions claim lives.

Driving through heavy traffic on the highway can be stressful. When you add vehicles of different sizes, it’s even more important to remain aware and drive cautiously. It’s crucial to be aware of how to drive when large trucks are present. It’s likely, at some point during your drive, you will decide it’s time to pass a truck. When that time comes, knowing how to safely pass can be the difference between carrying on with your day or coping with a serious accident.

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