Jackknife Truck Accidents: What Are They and Why Do They Happen?

By adminTruck Accident

Jackknife truck accidents are some of the most dangerous that can occur on New York and New Jersey roads. Truck accidents caused 3,838 deaths nationwide in 2015 in 2015, the last year for which statistics are available. There were 317,000 truck collisions across the country in 2012. Because trucks are larger and heavier than many other vehicles, a crash involving …

Lost Loads: Unsecured Truck Cargo Leads to Tens of Thousands of Crashes

By Dawn SnyderTruck Accident

On American roadways, passenger cars far outnumber commercial trucks but commercial trucks pose a greater risk of serious crashes. However, both commercial trucks and passenger vehicles can cause serious accidents due to unsecured loads. According to a 2016 AAA study, debris on the roads led to more than 200,000 crashes between 2011 and 2014. Included in those crashes were more …

The Stop Underrides Act Has Potential To Increase Truck Safety

By adminTruck Accident

Legislation was recently introduced in the United States Congress to mandate placement of underride guards on the front and side of trucks to prevent cars moving beneath trucks in the event of a collision between a truck and a car. Federal law currently requires the guards — which are often termed “underrides” in the industry— only for the back of …

5 Ways Trucks Put Other Vehicles at Risk

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The great majority of professional truck drivers cover tens of thousands of highway miles every year without incident. The large trucks they drive are also safer and more heavily regulated than other vehicles on the road. Nonetheless, collisions between large trucks and other vehicles inevitably result in substantially more damage, injuries and fatalities to the other vehicles and their occupants …

Truck Accidents & Drug Testing in New York and New Jersey

By Ava LawsonTruck Accident

A transportation industry rife with drug and alcohol use is not a safe one. For this reason, federal officials developed safety regulations that apply to all drivers of commercial vehicles, including those who are employed part-time or as back-up drivers. Under rules set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), U.S. trucking companies are legally obliged to test …