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What Are the Signs of a Reckless Truck Driver?

While driving on a freeway, you will probably notice how other drivers around you are operating their own vehicle. If someone is driving recklessly near you, it’s common sense that you would become hyper vigilant and steer your vehicle away from them in order to avoid a serious accident. However, it might be more difficult to recognize that big 18-wheeler trucks are driving recklessly. How Do I Know That a Truck Driver Is Driving Recklessly? First, it’s important to realize that truck drivers can sometimes struggle with driving for long periods of time, and they might have difficulties with finding proper places to sleep or rest when they are tired. Many truck drivers will keep driving beyond the point of exhaustion, which will in turn place them at a risk for a serious accident. As a driver, you should pay attention to a few signs that you are driving next…
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Hit by a Commercial Vehicle – Is it the Driver’s Fault, or the Company’s?

Automobile accidents are not always cut and dry when it comes to liability. While many accidents can be ascribed to the negligence of a driver, sometimes there are other parties at fault for accidents. If you are hit by a commercial vehicle, such as a semi-truck or a work van, sometimes the employer of the commercial vehicle’s driver can be responsible. There is a legal theory known as “respondeat superior,” Latin for “let the superior make answer.” Under this theory, employers can be held liable for negligent acts committed by employees. But there are stringent requirements for an employer to be liable. The negligent act that caused the accident was not intentional The negligent act was committed during the scope of employment What Does It Mean for an Act to Be Within the Scope of Employment? Several factors can help determine if a driver is acting within the scope of…
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Driver Fatigue? Impaired Driving? The Many Causes of Car-Truck Accidents

When it comes to tractor-trailers, the potential for devastating accidents exists for even the smallest errors. These trucks can weight thousands of pounds and travel dozens of miles per hour – and for those who paid attention in middle school science, that funny little formula for inertia tells us that tractor-trailers can pack a punch. One lapse in attention by the driver can lead to an accident. One faulty nut or bolt can cause a high-speed breakdown. One insecure strap could spill thousands of pounds of cargo into the roadway. But there are other, more sinister reasons for tractor-trailer accidents. In 2015, a truck in Chattanooga plowed through a construction zone at 80 miles per hour, causing a crash involving seven vehicles and 18 people. The truck showed no signs of slowing down despite ample warning of the construction zone. After an investigation, it was discovered that not only had…
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