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Safety fitness standards for trucking companies

There are many trucks on Louisiana roads. They are effective at transporting a large number of items. They are vital for getting products into people's hands and vital for the economy. However, they are also much larger than most other vehicles on the road and can cause great damage to other vehicles on the road, if they are in accidents. Often, truck accidents also result in serious injuries to the people in the other vehicles.

Law proposes lower speed limits to prevent truck accidents


Understandably, Louisiana drivers must be aware of the dangers of large trucks on the road. These vehicles are frequently moving at high speed and travel long distances. Sometimes, a truck company has drivers who flout the laws and rules of operation. When there is a truck accident, their sheer size leads to significant injuries and fatalities. Law enforcement and legislators are constantly trying to find ways to reduce the danger of a trucking accident. One lawmaker is pushing a change to the law that would require vehicles above a certain size to reduce their speed by 10 mph when on the interstate.

Man killed in head-on truck accident in Louisiana


It is an unavoidable reality that Louisiana drivers will need to share the road with large trucks as they travel. For the most part, these trucks are operated safely and within the law with everyone from the truck company to the operator understanding that the vehicles can cause significant injury and death if there is a crash with a conventionally-sized vehicle. However, there are times when circumstances arise and there are truck accidents. These can happen for a variety of reasons. They might lead to severe injuries and, in a worst-case scenario, death. Those who have been affected by a truck accident must remember their rights to consider a legal filing for compensation.

Everyone on the road should be aware of truck dangers


There are many factors that can lead to a motor vehicle accident. When it comes to trucks on the road, there are additional factors that should be taken under consideration. This is even more important, considering the additional risks of a truck accident and the likelihood that the accident will lead to more serious and potentially catastrophic or even deadly results.

What is the most time a truck driver can travel without rest?


A previous post on this blog discusses the serious hazard driver fatigue causes on Louisiana's highways and other roads. For instance, a fatigued truck driver can start taking on the driving of habits of someone who is drunk or buzzed. Not surprisingly, fatigued driving is a contributing factor to fatal accidents, including fatal truck accidents.

Safety tips to avoid collision with a semi truck in Louisiana


Louisiana drivers of automobiles, SUVs and pickups must share the roads with tractor-trailers. These big 18-wheelers can present a real danger to those in smaller vehicles. When a collision occurs, it's almost always the truck that wins. Remembering a few basic safety tips can help drivers of smaller vehicles avoid a potentially deadly semi truck crash.

Underride guards can prevent a fatal truck accident


One of the most horrific types of accidents involving semi trucks is the underride crash. This is a collision in which an automobile slides under the rear or side of the truck's trailer. In some cases the roof of the car is sheared off. Occupants of the car often suffer serious head injury or are killed by scalping or decapitation. Louisiana readers may be interested to learn how federal trucking regulations aim to prevent these tragedies.

Federal lawsuit filed in Lafayette Parish trucking accident


A semi truck collision can result in serious injury to people in the other vehicle. If the crash was the result of truck driver negligence, those who are injured have the right to sue for compensation. That's what two Louisiana residents are doing after they were injured in a tractor-trailer crash in Lafayette Parish.

Truck driver fatigue leads to 5,000 fatal crashes every year


Louisiana motorists tend to assume that over-the-road truckers are all responsible professionals who pride themselves on driving safely. Most of them probably are, but many truckers put other motorists at risk by staying on the road when they are too tired to operate their rigs safely. Sometimes they do so because of pressure from their employer to make a delivery on time.

How effective are roadside truck inspections in Louisiana?


An accident involving a semi truck and a car or pickup can result in serious injury, permanent disability or death for the people in the smaller vehicle. To reduce the risk of such collisions, federal trucking regulations require trucks to meet certain minimum safety requirements. In Louisiana, these regulations are enforced in part through a system of roadside inspections. The inspections are funded in part by grants from the federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program.

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