Truck Blind Spots

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Commercial trucks are an essential part of our transportation system, carrying goods across vast distances in record time. Because of their size and height, many drivers mistakenly think that truck drivers have enhanced visibility of the cars around them. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. It is important for both truck drivers and everyone else to understand where truck blind spots are to avoid accidents related to them.  Truck Blind Spots, aka The “No Zone Areas” Semi-truck blind spots are also called “no zones.” The no zones are areas around trucks where cars become invisible to the truck driver. These zones can be...

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Why Highway Hypnosis Can Cause Accidents

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Driving can be a mundane activity, but it is also one that requires constant attention and focus. Nonetheless, many of us have experienced a time or two where our minds wandered–perhaps to the point where we were not even consciously driving anymore. This phenomenon, known as “highway hypnosis,” is quite common, especially among truck drivers who spend extended periods on the road. But highway hypnosis can lead to serious consequences, especially if it involves a 60,000 lb trailer truck.  What is Highway Hypnosis? Highway hypnosis, also referred to as "white line fever" or "driving without awareness," is an altered mental state that...

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What is an HOS Violation?

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Maintaining safety on the roads is critical, especially where trailer trucks are concerned. Their massive size alone means that a collision can result in significantly worse injuries and property damage than in a normal collision. Operating a commercial truck is, therefore, a serious undertaking. Drivers must adhere to a strict set of rules known as “hours of service (HOS) regulations.” An HOS violation occurs when one or more of these regulations is ignored, potentially leading to serious consequences. Let’s take a look at some of the more common HOS violations and what to do if you are involved in an...

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Why Truck Accidents Increase in Winter

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As the winter season rolls in, it brings with it a host of challenges for drivers on the road. Among those most affected are truck drivers, who navigate their massive vehicles through adverse weather conditions that significantly increase the risk of accidents. The combination of snow, ice, reduced visibility, and other winter-related factors often leads to a surge in truck accidents during these months. Causes of Winter Truck Accidents Adverse Weather Conditions  Winter brings snowstorms, icy roads, sleet, and freezing rain, all of which create hazardous driving conditions. These adverse weather elements reduce tire traction and increase the chances of skidding or sliding,...

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Partial Fault in Trucking Accidents

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When a trailer truck or other commercial vehicle collides with a passenger vehicle, the results can be devastating. The size and weight difference between vehicles almost always means that the passenger car will suffer the most damage. This does not mean that the passenger vehicle is never at fault, however. There are plenty of instances when a car is at least partially liable for a truck accident, which can significantly reduce or even negate a settlement. Read our article to learn about partial fault in trucking accidents and what it means for your personal injury case.  Common Causes of Partial Liability...

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Semi Truck Underride Accidents

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Underride collisions are some of the most deadly forms of trucking accidents. They occur when a smaller vehicle rear ends the trailer of a semi truck, which is higher than the front of the car. The front of the smaller car thus slides underneath the trailer, stopping only when the cab of the car makes contact. Depending on the speed with which the crash occurred, the resulting impact can cause serious injury or even death to the driver and any passengers. It is important to understand the cause of underride truck collisions and what you can do to avoid them....

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Hiring a Traumatic Brain Injury Attorney

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Head Injuries after a Trucking Accident Collisions with tractor trailers or semi-trucks can result in significant injury to the driver and passengers of the smaller vehicle. The size and weight disparity between an 18-wheeler and a regular car can turn even a fender bender into an urgent medical situation. Unfortunately, some of the most common injuries that occur as a result of a trucking accident are to the head and brain. These can have long-lasting consequences and result in severe impairment. As you recover, it is crucial that you consult with a traumatic brain injury attorney to ensure you are fairly...

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Filing a Truck Accident Claim

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What to Expect During Your Trucking Accident Insurance Claim If you have been in a trucking accident, chances are the damages are significant. Your car may be totaled, and you may be dealing with personal injuries that require ongoing medical attention. As with other motor vehicle accidents, you will need to file an insurance claim to initiate the settlement process. However, the process will be somewhat different than other motor vehicle accident claims.  Steps to Take After a Truck Accident File Your Truck Accident Claim With an Attorney This is where truck accident claims differ greatly from other accidents. Trucks and their drivers are...

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What Does a Truck Accident Attorney Do?

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Truck accidents can cause staggering amounts of damage, not to mention serious injury and even death. If you or a loved one has been involved in a trucking accident, you will most likely need to hire an attorney to seek just compensation. Claims and lawsuits involving trucks can be complicated, and a truck accident lawyer can help you navigate the process in several ways.  1. Truck Accident Lawyers Determine Who is At Fault Determining liability in trucking accidents is often more complicated than in other motor vehicle accidents. This is because truck drivers are often backed by their company’s insurance policy, which...

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Top 5 Causes of Truck Accidents in Colorado

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Colorado Truck Accident Attorney Knowing what causes truck accidents in Colorado can help you be prepared and stay safer on the road. Trucks form the backbone of American commerce. At any given moment, there are some 3 million trucks on the road, carrying all sorts of goods from one place to another. While there is no denying that these vehicles and their drivers perform an essential service, it is also important to keep in mind how dangerous an accident with one of these trucks can be. It is especially worth noting that, of all fatalities involved in semi truck accidents, 70 percent...

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