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Risks when driving next to a semi truck

If you are like most people who drive in Missouri, you have at times found yourself right next to a tractor trailer and realized just how small your standard passenger vehicle really is compared to those big rigs. The sheer size of these trucks is actually just one of the reasons that truck drivers, truck owners and trucking companies should put a strong emphasis on safe operation of vehicles.

Hitting the brakes: truck drivers and drowsy driving

How often should truck drivers receive breaks during shifts? This seems to be an ongoing debate within the semi truck driving industry. While other fields generally contain set work schedules with breaks throughout the day, truckers often do not have this advantage. It is common for Missouri truck drivers to exchange sleep for long and excruciating hours on the road.

Impaired truckers subject of federal rule

People in Missouri who are concerned about drunk drivers have good reason to worry. Despite many decades of high public awareness about the dangers of driving while drunk or under the influence of drugs, too many innocent lives continue to be lost at the hands of selfish and reckless impaired drivers. In some cases, these drivers are commercially licensed to operate extremely large vehicles like semi trucks.

Trucker charged in massive crash on interstate

Missouri residents know that sharing the road with tractor-trailers can be highly dangerous. One always hopes that a commercial truck driver takes their training and responsibility seriously and operates their rig safely. Sadly that does not always happen and it can lead to devastating results for others in the area.

Targeting trucker fatigue to improve safety

If you have ever been on a relatively quiet stretch of highway at night, you may well have seen one or more tractor trailers or other large commercial vehicles. Driving at night is a reality for truckers, especially those on long haul routes. Unfortunately that reality may also open the door to these drivers becoming tired and therefore less safe when operating their rigs. Too many trucking crashes have been attributed to driver fatigue. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration does have in place rules that aim to reduce or eliminate trucker fatigue.

Woman killed by trucker on shoulder of freeway

People in Missouri know that sharing the road with tractor trailers, dump trucks and other large commercial vehicles can be extremely dangerous. Fatigue, impairment, distraction, vehicle malfunction and more may all contribute to serious accidents in which innocent people are injured or even killed through no fault of their own.

What should you know about the dangers of logging trucks?

Logging is a necessary industry in our economy. People across the country rely on timber for their homes, furniture and other items. How does raw timber get from the forests of Missouri and elsewhere to various destinations? Like many other items that are shipped across the United States, large trucks are usually involved. As you know, commercial trucks are a factor in many accidents.

Fatal FedEx crash shows not all truck accidents involve big rigs

Trucks are involved in a large portion of motor vehicle accidents in Missouri and across the country. The size and speed of large semis traveling on America’s highways can turn deadly in collisions. Trucks are known for being unwieldy in heavy traffic and unable to stop quickly. However, it is not only these huge 18-wheelers that people need to be wary of. Smaller commercial trucks, such as delivery trucks and those that people can rent for moving also present dangers on highways and city streets.

Trucker stress may cause dangerous driving conditions

Most people in Missouri and elsewhere have encountered large trucks on highways and city roads. It is a normal part of life to share the road with 18-wheelers, but this does not mean it is any less dangerous. Large trucks have been involved in countless fatal accidents across the country over the years. A truck driver’s stress level and lifestyle may be factors that contribute to accident risks.

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