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The complexities of truck accident cases: an overview

Determining legal liability after a truck accident is complex: more complex than with a car accident. Residents of West Virginia who were injured in a truck accident will want to know what are the factors that make this process complicated. The first is that most truck crashes end in severe injuries and even death, which makes a case more complex. Trucks are heavy, they take longer to brake to a stop and they cause a greater impact as a result.

CVSA to intensify traffic law enforcement July 14 to 20

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be holding its annual Operation Safe Driver Week event from July 14 to 20, during which police in West Virginia and the rest of the U.S. will be ramping up the enforcement of traffic laws. Both passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle drivers can be stopped during these events and issued a warning or citation for unsafe behaviors.

As truck crash numbers rise, companies look to truck safety tech

Truckers in West Virginia should know that the number of crashes between trucks and passenger vehicles is rising. About 72% of fatalities in these crashes are the occupants of passenger vehicles, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Some trucking companies are thus turning to vehicle safety technology to respond to this deadly trend.

2019 International Roadcheck set for June 4-6

Commercial vehicle drivers in West Virginia, including truck and bus drivers, should know that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be holding its 2019 International Roadcheck from June 4 to 6. During this annual event, CMV drivers across the U.S. will be subject to random inspections. Most of the inspections this time will be Level I inspections, which are the most comprehensive.

Deadly truck crashes spark calls for change

West Virginia motorists might very well be concerned about the rise in fatalities linked to trucking crashes. Due to the size and weight of semi trucks, a collision involving an 18-wheeler poses a severe threat to the lives and well-being of others in smaller passenger vehicles. While drowsy, drunk or distracted driving pose a threat in any vehicle, a negligent truck driver can do significant damage. Of course, truck accidents are caused by a range of factors. However, regardless of the reason, it is clear that the number of deaths is growing across the country.

New safety measures recommended by the NTSB

In an effort to improve the safety of the nation's highways, the government commission on highway safety recently put out of list of ways to reduce large truck accidents. Though tractor-trailer crashes are a lower percentage of all highway accidents, the fatality rate per crash is usually higher. Drivers in West Virginia may experience safer roads if the measures are implemented.

Road Safe America recommends AEB, speed limiters for truck safety

West Virginia residents should know that large truck crash deaths continue to be a nationwide issue. Federal data shows that 35,882 people died in such crashes between the years 2009 and 2017. All but six states saw an increase in these deaths. According to the highway safety non-profit Road Safe America, many of these deaths could have been avoided through the use of vehicle technology.

Trucker may be behind deadly pile-up in Florida

West Virginia drivers have good reason to be cautious when sharing the road with commercial truckers. At the start of 2019, there was a chain-reaction crash on I-75 near Gainesville, Florida, that police believe was caused when a semi-truck driver moved left out of the right lane and collided with a passenger vehicle, a 2007 Honda sedan.

Truck accidents place extra burdens on victims

The statistics about commercial truck accidents paint a clear picture of heightened risk. Due to the size and weight of large trucks and 18-wheelers in West Virginia, the consequences of a crash can be immense. A collision with a commercial truck typically leaves a car unusable, and the crash victims often experience injuries that require long recovery times and sometimes result in permanent disability.

Dump and ready-mix concrete truck crashes are rising

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a report out that should be of interest to truck drivers in West Virginia. The trucking industry is plagued with rising accident rates, and it's especially apparent among dump trucks and ready-mix concrete trucks. The report states that serious accidents among these two types of trucks rose 9 and 9.6 percent, respectively, from 2015 to 2016.

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