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Training standards for new truck drivers: Are they tough enough?

Large trucks weigh 20 or 30 times as much as passenger cars and that weight differential can be devastating in a crash. Large trucks are also much taller than smaller vehicles, posing the risk of underride accidents.

How much and what type of training should drivers of these huge trucks be required to get?

How many deadly wrecks involve young truckers?

On this blog, an array of topics related to large truck accidents have been covered, such as the dangers associated with truck driver fatigue. However, it is crucial for people in San Antonio to take all factors into consideration when it comes to truck crashes, especially for victims of these collisions and their family members who have decided to take action. For example, a driver's age may be reviewed when focusing on the details of a truck accident.

During 2014, five percent of the truck drivers involved in a deadly wreck were no more than 25 years old. In fact, 202 young truck drivers were part of a fatal collision involving a large truck over the course of the year. When factoring in a driver's age, a number of questions may have to be asked. For example, was the driver experienced, or was he or she relatively new to driving trucks? Moreover, were they properly trained? Were there other factors that contributed to the collision?

How can truck drivers avoid fatigue?

For everyone on the road, colliding with a large truck can be perilous. Between the sheer size of these vehicles and the length of time it may take a trucker to slow down, those who collide with a semi truck often face an especially high risk of suffering an injury or passing away. In San Antonio, and in all other parts of Texas, some of these collisions occur because a truck driver was too tired to safely operate their truck. For trucking companies and drivers, avoiding trucker fatigue is crucial.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration offers a number of pointers that truckers who wish to avoid truck driver fatigue should keep in mind. While some recommendations may seem like common sense, too many truck drivers continue to ignore the warning signs of fatigue and take to the road anyway. Truck drivers should watch out for any medications that may make them drowsy while behind the wheel and might want to try and take naps, if possible. However, it is not safe to combat fatigue by only drinking large amounts of coffee or other strategies to feel alert. Furthermore, truck drivers should always try to get plenty of sleep and should not put themselves and others at risk by working excessive hours.

How many truck accidents occurred in 2015?

While you may not give truck accidents much thought, data on these collisions is collected annually. According to the most recent statistics of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 2015 witnessed about 415,000 truck collisions. These incidents usually involved a commercial truck which weighed more than 10,000 pounds; typically, either one or more fatalities occurred or one of the people involved required emergency medical attention.

Fatal collisions involving trucks increased 8 percent in 2015. While you may find this increase to be alarming, these incidents do not make up the majority of truck accidents. Most collisions resulted in either injuries or the towing of a vehicle and affected 53,263 and 95,337 trucks respectively. Additionally, the data indicated that trucks pulling more than one trailer usually are not responsible for fatal accidents. While semis with two trailers accounted for 3 percent of fatal collisions, 65 percent were caused by semis with only one trailer.

Penalties for falsifying trucking logs

Filling out your trucking log can be tedious, but neglecting to do so can mean big penalties in Texas. Some truck drivers falsify their records on purpose to increase their pay and save time, while others simply do not feel that keeping track of every little detail is necessary. No matter which category you fall into, it is important to know how this decision can affect you. We at the Law Office of Tyler and Peery work to not only protect your rights as a truck driver, but also educate you about the consequences of illegal actions such as falsifying trucking logs.

Dangerous trucking: 3 causes of serious trucking accidents

There are a number of reasons for truck accidents, many of which can be completely avoided if a truck driver follows the rules and regulations of his or her job. It's important for drivers to get enough sleep, to pay attention to the road and to avoid drinking or becoming intoxicated by drugs.

When a driver doesn't consider the impact of his or her actions, there's a potential for serious injuries and deaths. Trucks weigh thousands of pounds more than passenger vehicles, making it more likely for the people in the vehicle to suffer injuries or to be killed than those in the truck.

Who pays in a trucking accident?

If you are involved in an accident with another passenger vehicle in Texas, your insurance and the other driver's provider will likely be responsible to pay for the repair of any damage that is caused or injuries that are sustained. This is generally straight forward in multi-car accidents, but what happens when the other vehicle involved is a truck? U.S. Insurance Agents details who can expect to pay when you are hit by a truck.

What are commercial trucker "no-zones?"

As a Texas driver, you may have had an incident or two when another vehicle, motorcycle or cyclist found its way into your blind spot. Blind spots are the areas around your vehicle that can prove hard for you to see while you are manning the vehicle controls, and they are not exclusive to passenger cars, as truckers have them, too.

Blind spots pose an arguably even bigger problem for commercial truck drivers. Per The Truckers Report, a trucker's blind spots, which are also referred to as "no-zones," generally include large areas on either side of the semi that extend beyond the lanes on either side of the truck. Large trucks also have no-zones in front and behind of their vehicles, and while adding mirrors to large trucks can make these blind spots somewhat smaller, doing so is unlikely to eliminate them in their entirety.

Witness videotapes distracted driver just prior to crash

Texas residents have good reason to be concerned about the growing number of people texting while driving. This behavior takes not just a person's eyes off the road but hands and mental concentration as well. A bill in the state legislature that aims to ban texting while driving was recently passed by the House of Representatives. It will now be voted on by the Senate. Interestingly, handhled use of phones for non-texting purposes would still be allowed.

In the meantime, accidents continue to happen and innocent people are injured or killed. A tragic example can be seen in a crash that took place along a stretch of U.S. 83 not far from Garner State Park. Two people in a vehicle on the highway noticed a pickup truck swerving in and out of its lane. The truck was also reportedly driving at speeds up to 80 miles per hour. The witness passenger used her phone to videotape the truck while the driver phoned for help. In talking with Real County dispatchers, the driver was told this was out of that county's jurisdiction.

How can I safely drive around large trucks?

As a Texas motorist, you no doubt encounter your fair share of large commercial trucks when traversing the state's many highways. While it's up to truck drivers to ensure they are following the rules of the road, there are also steps you can take to keep safety a top priority. This may not always prevent accidents from occurring, but is important to reduce the risk of a serious injury.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, drivers of passenger vehicles must make certain considerations when navigating around larger vehicles. Being aware of blind spots is crucial in this case, as there are a number of areas around a large truck where the driver will be unable to spot other vehicles. In general, vehicles should steer clear of the areas directly in front of and behind trucks, as well as areas on either side. You can determine whether a truck driver can see you by looking at the side view mirror. If you can't see the driver, you can safely assume he or she can't see your vehicle.

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