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No signals contributed to train wreck

A Texas man in New Mexico was on his way back to his home near San Antonio when his trip came to a sudden halt, leaving his truck in utter disrepair and turned onto its side near the freight train it collided with. The man admitted that he was aware of the train and saw it from quite some distance but never saw any signals indicating he should stop.

MAP-21 in place for safety progress

The government and crash investigators, as well as much of the general public, have long since recognized a need for greater safety procedures and progress measures to become standardized within the trucking and commercial transportation industry. As the industry continues to be directly intertwined with personal vehicle travel, dangers remain constant. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, in an effort to satisfy statutes set about in the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act, has completed nearly 3/4ths of the sections in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act.

Commercial vehicle accident leaves one dead

What do a trash truck, a tractor-trailer truck and a dump truck have in common? Aside from being commercial vehicles typically operated by hired drivers and owned by separate companies, they are also immense and powerful vehicles with a propensity for malfunction if not maintained. And, in the case of a tragic accident in Arlington, Texas recently, all three happened to be traveling through the same intersection within moments of each other and a domino effect of collision resulted, beginning with the trash truck and ending with the dump truck.

Authorities report the trash truck driver navigated a right turn at a high rate of speed. Whether or not the speed was because he was trying to make the turn before an oncoming tractor-trailer isn't stated but he did allegedly clip the side of an oncoming tractor-trailer, which threw the trash truck onto its side, just in time for an oncoming dump truck to slam into it.

Texas truck driver will stand trial

Depending upon the job that you do, you may nod your head that some of the routine and daily duties become so mundane and mind-numbing you are now able to do them while multitasking or almost without realizing you have done them at all. Moreover, most of us have had bad days at work; off days where something else was on our mind or even simply days where we went through the motions without ever being very cognizant of where we were.

That may be true for the majority of us. But what about those people who were given great responsibility at their jobs? What happens when they have an off day? Go through the motions? Multitask?

Texas truck driver will stand trial

Depending upon the job that you do, you may nod your head that some of the routine and daily duties become so mundane and mind-numbing you are now able to do them while multitasking or almost without realizing you have done them at all. Moreover, most of us have had bad days at work; off days where something else was on our mind or even simply days where we went through the motions without ever being very cognizant of where we were.

Factors of a truck accident

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one due to harm resulting from a semi truck accident you may be curious whether you can hold the driver accountable. You may be surprised to know that in some cases, not only will you be able to pursuit the driver in a court of law; you may be able to hold many other parties accountable as well.

When an 18-wheeler is on the road, the driver is often not the owner, he simply drives the truck provided for him to get the load from one place to the next. If he is the driver he often is contracted out to haul another company's load. These companies have an obligation to maintain their trucks and ensure the loads are adhering to various safety regulations regarding hazardous loads and are not deemed dangerous for being over the weight limit that is imposed based upon whether they are a two axle, tandem or single axle truck.

Jurors fault giant corporation for cancer death

What is the cost of a life? In order to come close to answering that question you may have to ask yourself what you would pay to live healthily on this Earth until you died of old age, not as the result of someone's negligence or recklessness, avarice or unscrupulousness. The answer would probably be, any amount of money you could possibly get your hands on. Every last penny. Even if it would put you on the streets, you would at least have your life.

Inadequacies and inefficiency overinflate the airbag market

With recalls abounding and the number of casualties climbing in the recent Takata airbag crisis, it makes sense to take a look at the safety merit of airbags, their evolution and what we can expect to see from them in the future.

The first airbags went into cars on an experimental basis in the early 1970s and several variations have made their way into production vehicles since then. Initially, the airbags were too powerful and may have caused more injuries than they hindered. But the technology behind airbags advanced and so did the product. Thus, thousands of saved lives have been attributed to frontal impact airbags.

Deadly Texas casino bus crash results in 8 deaths and 44 injured

The driver of a bus carrying more than 50 people on a trip to a casino lost control on a wet U.S. 83 north of Laredo, causing the bus to go off the highway and rollover. Eight persons were killed and 44 were injured in the crash. It is unclear if the driver was traveling too fast for conditions or if some mechanical failure may have contributed to this tragic crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has begun investigating the crash, including locating the buses' electronic data recorder, interviewing passengers and the driver and examining the crash scene. The NTSB investigations are very thorough and meticulous, which is why a spokesperson for the agency cautioned it could be 14 months before their findings are released. The Texas Department of Public Safety is also investigating the crash.

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