Category: Truck Accidents
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that a total of 3,660 people died in U.S. large truck crashes in 2014 (latest available figures). 16 percent of these deaths were truck occupants and 68 percent were occupants of other passenger vehicles.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse reported on a nationwide study of fatal crashes which was conducted in 2013. This study showed that 46.5 percent of drivers who tested positive for drugs had used a prescription drug, 36.9 percent had used marijuana, and 9.8 percent had used cocaine.
According to ISHN (Industrial Safety and Hygiene News), drivers use brakes almost one million times a year, and usually there is no problem. However, every year, approximately 16,000 preventable pedal error crashes occur.
New approaches to stop texting & driving may work - The U.S. Department of Transportation notes that the use of cell phones while driving plays a role in 1.6 million auto crashes each year, causing 500,000 injuries and 6,000 deaths.
On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, NBC-2 reported that a semi caught fire on I-75 near the Golden Gate Parkway exit. Florida Highway Patrol troopers reported that the truck driver, who was heading south, fell asleep at the wheel just before 2:30 a.m.
It has become a craze which should be called “crazy”. Drivers speeding while taking selfies of themselves and their speedometers.
The design, manufacture and assembly may all cause vehicle defects resulting in rollovers. Should the center of gravity be too high, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer, and even the seller, to warn the purchaser about the importance of proper load distribution and any limitations
Alcohol is a powerful, mood-altering drug, according to NIAAA. It not only affects the mind and body in unpredictable ways, but teens lack the judgment and coping skills to handle alcohol wisely. It does not have to be difficult to talk to teens about alcohol abuse.
A new word is being coined. The word is “textalyzer.” ABC News reported that in New York there is a proposed state law that would allow police to use a device called a “textalyzer” to reveal whether a driver was texting at the time of a crash. Should the bill become law in New York, the police responding to a crash would have the power to ask the drivers to turn over their cell phones.
Even though older drivers most often are the safest drivers because they are more likely to wear seatbelts and less likely to speed or drink and drive, they are more likely, if involved in an accident, to suffer serious injuries and be killed. By the time a senior driver reaches his or her 70s, according to the Minnesota Times Standard, the risk typically starts to increase because of a decline in reflexes, alertness and other factors.