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Recent Posts in Truck Accidents Category

  • Common Causes of Truck Accidents: Driver Fatigue

    People are right to be afraid of getting into motor vehicle accidents with commercial trucks and rightfully so. Some of these vehicles can weigh anywhere from 10,000 to 80,000 pounds! These big rigs also tend to be less maneuverable, which makes it hard for them to avoid stopped vehicles or obstacles in their paths. While truck drivers are usually well-trained to deal with most situations, they ...
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  • Should You Release Your Medical Records After a Crash?

    You’ve been in a car accident. You’ve been injured, you’ve sought medical attention, kept all pertinent records, and stayed organized and on top of things. All this, despite the chaotic and traumatic nature of car accidents that leave us a little dazed in the aftermath. Through it all, you’ve kept good communication with your own insurance company. One day, they ask for a medical authorization ...
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  • Trucking Industry Attempts To Lobby Away Its Liability For Your Injuries

    As reported by The Kansas City Star , "Big rig crashes kill nearly 4,000 American each year and injury more than 85,000. Since 2009, fatalities involving large trucks have increased 17 percent. Injuries have gone up 28 percent." Given these realities, one would think that the trucking industry would want to emphasize its safety record by providing transparency to the public. Unfortunately, one ...
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  • Truck accident data dump: 2013 wasn't a great year

    You would probably think that there is a fairly extensive history of statistics and data to draw upon for fatal truck accidents. However, you may be surprised to find out that fatal truck accident data has only been kept since 1975. Fatalities in truck accidents spiked in 1979 and have been on a steady downwards trend since then. But that doesn't mean there can't be the occasional spike or blip on ...
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  • Is this truck safety idea more of a distraction than a blessing?

    What if you could virtually see through a large semi truck that was in front of you -- but in order to do it, you had to watch four large TVs that were mounted to the back of the truck? Do you think such a construct would be helpful or a hindrance to drivers? Samsung recently posed this question to the driving public. They built a semi truck that had a forward-facing video camera on the truck's ...
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  • The many ways in which a truck accident can occur

    Semi-truck accidents are often inherently very dangerous and devastating. Trucks are larger and more powerful vehicles than all other automobiles. When they are involved in a wreck, it is very likely that serious and potentially fatal injuries may occur. Many do not understand the numerous causes and factors that may go into determining liability in a truck accident. These elements can be complex, ...
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  • Truck tires and highway safety

    It appears there is a significant connection between tire safety and tractor-trailer crashes on our nation’s highways. While tires often can only handle speeds of 75 miles per hour, drivers of big-rig trucks often drive these vehicles in excess of that speed. Missouri is contemplating allowing truckers to drive their vehicles at speeds of 75 miles per hour. A number of states in the U.S. already ...
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  • Car turns in front of truck, causing fatal accident

    The last time we wrote about truck accidents was about six weeks ago, and we tackled the subject of truck cargo. The cargo of any truck can play a huge role in the ability of the truck driver to control the vehicle and, thus, the cargo can be an integral factor in an accident, should one happen. If the cargo is balanced or if it shifts during transport, serious accidents can occur. With that in ...
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  • Cargo can cause (or be part of) a truck accident

    An astonishing motor vehicle accident shows just how important cargo can be in a truck accident. In this specific case, the cargo being carried by a large truck was actually military-grade explosives. As a result, the highway was (understandably) shut down for an extended period so that crews could sort out the dangerous scene. The wreck involved a truck and another vehicle, and one person was ...
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  • On truck accidents, and why you need legal help after one

    You're driving down the highway like you've done thousands of times before, and a truck drives up alongside you in the lane next to you. Again, this has happened thousands of times without incident, so you think nothing of it. But all of a sudden, the truck starts swerving into your lane and soon enough, the truck makes contact with your vehicle. As a result, a major accident occurs and you will ...
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  • Truck v. semi truck accident creates hectic scene

    An accident between a truck and a semi truck in a town just outside of Kansas City left one driver injured and needing hospitalization. An airlift was needed to get the injured person to the hospital. Apparently the wreck occurred when the semi truck was trying to make a turn, and the driver of the truck plowed his vehicle into the back of the semi. Few other details were made public as the police ...
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  • Boy's life ends tragically at Kansas City intersection

    A Kansas City, Missouri, community is in mourning after losing a 13-year-old boy in an accident involving a tractor trailer. The accident occurred on Saturday morning when the vehicle the boy was riding in was hit by a U.S. Post Service tractor-trailer. The vehicle was driven by the 13-year-old’s stepfather and football coach. They and three other boys were on their way to a football game at ...
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  • Profits vs. safety: the problem of overloaded trucks

    Profits are a major driver of behavior for truck companies. This is not at all surprising; after all, truck companies are businesses. However, it is important for truck companies to remember that the trucks that they use for their business operations do not operate in a vacuum, but rather out on the roads where the safety of many other individuals is in play. Given this fact, it is vital that ...
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  • Many vehicles involved in fatal Missouri accident

    One person was killed and eight others were injured yesterday on Interstate 70 near Warrenton, Missouri, when several cars and semi-trucks were involved in a chain reaction crash that close the road for 13 hours. The accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon and is believed to have been influenced by the stormy weather conditions. According to reports, the driver of an SUV slowed down because of ...
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  • Fatal truck accidents are (quietly) on the rise

    Imagine if a jetliner crashed once a week for the entire year, killing everyone on board. There would be a national outcry over airplane safety, and many people would likely stop traveling by air altogether. Well, that is about how many people are killed each year in accidents involving tractor trailers, but the national outcry is missing. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety ...
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  • We stand up to negligent truckers, trucking companies

    Last week, we discussed the tragic truck accident involving actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and several others. The fatal wreck, which claimed the life of a veteran comedian, resulted when a tractor-trailer failed to brake for slowed traffic and collided with a limo bus. After the accident, it was reported that the driver had not slept in more than 24 hours. The incident has received a lot of media ...
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  • Fatal trucking accident leaves former SNL actor seriously injured

    As we discussed in a recent article on our website, there are no other vehicles on Missouri roads that can compare with the sheer size and power of a tractor-trailer. For that reason, accidents involving tractor-trailers are often serious or fatal, no matter what type of other vehicle is involved. Over the weekend, it was reported that comedian and actor Tracy Morgan was traveling in a limo bus ...
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  • FedEx sued following fatal crash with charter bus

    While we all value the convenience and speed of package delivery companies like FedEx, the services come at a price. Drivers for FedEx and other package delivery companies are often pressured to deliver as many packages in as short of time possible. What this results in are truck drivers who are often hurried, tired and sometimes negligent. Unfortunately, accidents involving FedEx trucks are ...
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  • Feds propose new logbook requirement to prevent truck accidents

    Highways are often lined with semi trucks, many of which are in the midst of a long haul. Like many other jobs, truckers face aggressive deadlines and might feel enormous pressure to meet them. Of course, all of this should be done within the safety requirements mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. One of the primary safety regulations limits the number of hours commercial ...
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  • Who's responsible for preparing semi truck loads for the road?

    When a person is driving on the freeway, it probably isn't too difficult to spot a tractor-trailer. Although these large, cargo-carrying vehicles are essentially ubiquitous on the road, many people may not understand the careful preparation that must take place before each trucker takes to the road. Namely, loads should be secured and weight limits should be followed. The dangers associated with a ...
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  • No charges filed in truck accident that killed tow truck driver

    On Aug. 27, 2012, an 18-year-old tow truck driver on I-35 in Kansas was struck and killed by a trucker, while working on the side of the road. Allegedly, the trucker never heeded the "Move Over" law, yet he has not been charged in the accident. Over a year later, the deceased 18-year-old's family is furious that the truck driver who struck their son has never been charged or had to pay for their ...
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  • Truck driver accused of causing 2-year-old boy's death

    A 54-year-old truck driver is on trial on an accusation that he caused the death of a 2-year-old boy. He claims that he had barely a second, however, to slam on his brakes and try to prevent his 67,000 pound semi-truck from traveling the 52 foot distance and ramming into a car driven by the boy's father who he says suddenly cut him off while attempting to enter an interstate highway. Defense and ...
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  • Two lawsuits against trucker in fatal accident

    A 17-year-old female passenger in an SUV died when a box truck crossed the center line in the highway, hitting the vehicle. The driver of SUV also suffered injuries. The 34-year-old male truck driver, who is employed by a furniture company, was also injured, as was his 23-year-old male passenger, a co-worker. The two men in the truck were both residents of Jackson, Missouri. The dead woman lived ...
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  • 2-year-old child killed in truck accident

    A two-year-old boy died in a recent truck accident that also inflicted injuries on both his parents and on his 8-year-old brother. The truck accident occurred at a highway bypass intersection on a weekday morning and involved a semi-truck driven by a 42-year-old male trucker from Aurora, Missouri. That truck, owned by a poultry company, allegedly failed to stop when a red light was encountered, ...
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  • Bike rider killed by truck on interstate highway

    A man from Columbia, Missouri, was tragically killed as he rode his bicycle in the westbound shoulder of I-70 and was hit by a truck. The truck accident happened at approximately 4 a.m., close to the Lake of the Woods exit. Some details of the accident are still not clear, including why it took around eight hours before the dead man's body was discovered or approximately another two hours, or ten ...
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