Truck Accident | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog
Commercial trucks are vital for the transportation of goods across the nation. However, their sheer size and weight make them formidable entities on the road, and unfortunately, accidents involving trucks can have devastating consequences.
Powerful winds can pose a significant threat to vehicles like large trucks, and there has been a worrying rise in accidents attributed to the wind. Understanding how strong winds impact these massive vehicles is essential.
Artificial intelligence (AI) utilizes computer systems to carry out tasks that require human intelligence. It has become increasingly popular and applied in various industries, including the trucking industry. AI could be used in a truck’s dash cam to monitor a driver’s performance and give feedback. With this technology, trucking companies could more effectively observe their drivers and assess what could be improved. They could also use AI to streamline their operations better.
Every enclosed vehicle has blind spots, but they are particularly large on big rigs. This is because truck drivers sit much higher than drivers of passenger vehicles as the vehicles are extra-long, with the trailer blocking the driver’s view. A truck’s blind spots are also known as “no zones.” These are areas on all four sides of a rig where other vehicles are not visible to the truck driver. To check blind spots in adjacent lanes along the vehicle, truck drivers must turn their bodies, as the truck mirrors do not cover these areas.
Like most people, you’ve probably noticed the yellow signs along hilly mountain roads that say, “Runaway Truck Ramp.” You may have also seen the ramps that veer upward along the side of a downhill-sloping road.
When a truck’s brakes fail as it’s traveling downhill, a devastating collision may occur.
Runaway truck ramps are designed to stop a truck and prevent these accidents.
According to the American Trucking Association, the commercial freight industry is booming, generating major profits for trucking companies as well as their vendors. More than 72% of freight in the country is transported by commercial trucks and nearly 40 million trucks were registered for commercial use in 2020. While it is clear they are vital to our economy, these commercial vehicles can also pose a major threat to other drivers on the road, particularly when rules and regulations are violated.
There’s a lot of turnover in the trucking industry. Drivers are constantly leaving the profession because they get fed up with low pay and long hours. That’s why there’s considerable demand for new drivers. This is unfortunate because experienced drivers are less likely to make dangerous mistakes.
Trucking companies will try to save money by hiring inexperienced or poorly trained drivers. They may even hire drivers with bad driving records. This leads to serious accidents that harm thousands of unsuspecting drivers and their passengers every year.
A black box is a device in a vehicle that records information, which can be used to monitor vehicle performance or determine the cause of an accident. Large commercial trucks have data recorders that check for information about the vehicle. The most common type is an electronic control module (ECM). Some large trucks have event data recorders more like a black box in an airplane. Both types of systems are often referred to as black boxes.
When trucking companies try to save money by skimping on regular militance or hiring inexperienced drivers who haven’t been trained in the proper breaking techniques, it can cause catastrophic accidents.
Self-driving vehicles may sound like an idea for the distant future, but that science fiction has already started to become a reality. Just as there has been a push to get self-driving cars road-ready, there has also been a push to get self-driving commercial trucks on the roadways as well.
Considering how much more dangerous big rigs are than sedans, you may expect that it would be several more years before self-driving trucks really hit the market, but what you may not realize is that these driverless trucks are already in use.
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