Bad weather, particularly high-speed winds, could have a major impact on big-rig truck stability and can be a factor in deadly truck accidents. Truck trailers have a massive surface area and a high center of gravity, making them prone to swaying and losing balance. When this happens, the driver could have trouble steering and ultimately lose control of the truck, creating a dangerous situation. If you suffered injuries in a truck accident, an experienced personal injury attorney could help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Although they are less common than many other motor vehicle accidents, truck accidents cause thousands of catastrophic or fatal injuries yearly. Several elements often play a role in these devastating incidents, including truck maintenance failures.
Amazon is now the largest retailer and the largest package delivery service in the country, after surpassing Walmart and overtaking FedEx and UPS. The e-commerce giant has built an enormous transportation network, which includes Amazon Logistics, the Amazon Delivery Service Partner (DSP) program, and the Amazon Freight Partners (AFP) program.
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in trucking accidents every year in the U.S. In the most recent year for which statistics are available, 4,842 large commercial trucks were involved in fatal crashes, and 107,000 were involved in injury crashes, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Brake failure is a leading cause of truck accidents.
What is a Black Box?
A black box refers to a safety mechanism historically used in the aviation industry to track data during flights. Black boxes have now expanded outside the aviation industry to include the commercial trucking industry.
Most big rig trucks now have this device to track the likely causes of accidents and improve safety measures. However, whilst the majority of trucks have a black box, not every commercial truck does.
Black boxes, also known as event data recorders, enable governmental regulators to ensure safety of the trucking industry. They also serve a retrospective purpose, allowing crash victims to determine the causes of their accidents.
More semi-trucks on the roads today make driving more hazardous for everyone – on some highways more than others. For example, the stretch of I-5 that runs through Orange County is particularly dangerous because of the number of big rigs traveling two and from Los Angeles. Much of the current truck traffic relates to shipping patterns and the ports of Long Beach and L.A.
A truck driver’s blind spots are the areas around the truck that are not visible to the driver. These blind spot areas are also known as “no zones.” It can be dangerous to drive in a big rig’s no zones if the driver is unaware of you and changes lanes, executes a turn, or stops suddenly. In a collision with a large commercial truck, passenger vehicle occupants are likely to suffer serious or fatal injuries.
Recently, the concept of self-driving cars has gone from being a thing of science fiction to a stark reality. Companies such as Google, Tesla, and Uber have all experimented with self-driving vehicles, with a wide range of successes and failures. We all remember the fatal accident in 2018 when a Tesla crashed into the center divider while in auto-pilot mode and killed its driver.