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When Will These Safe Trucks Hit Texas Roadways?

Five people died and 12 people were injured in Fort Worth a week ago when a tractor-trailer slammed into a group of good Samaritans assisting the victim of an earlier crash. Skid marks indicated that the truck driver attempted to stop, but was unable to do so in time to avoid the semi collision

This tragic scenario occurs commonly on Texas roadways. A driver falls asleep, becomes distracted or is confronted with an unexpected obstacle and and drivers and occupants of other vehicles don’t stand a chance. But what if instead of relying on the driver to act, the truck itself could identify the danger and respond quickly? 

The Collision Warning/Early Braking system being developed by Volvo Trucks Global makes this possible. The system allows a truck to sense an obstacle and to respond appropriately. The truck brakes on a dime without skidding or making the sorts of erratic moves that a human might make during an emergency. The truck is programed to react correctly, taking human error out of the equation.

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Earlier this week, a semi-truck dumped its load on the highway after jack-knifing and toppling over when an equipment failure caused the truck’s bed to raise. According to a report by CTPost.com, the truck was carrying a full load of aluminum scrap when, unexpectedly, the trucks bed began to raise. With a raised bed, the top of the truck struck an overpass, sending the truck’s cargo all over the highway. In addition, the semi-truck tipped over and slid down the highway for nearly a quarter mile.

accident-422866-m.jpgThe driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. State workers hurried to clean up the totaled truck and the aluminum scarp which blocked three southbound lanes of traffic for several hours.

Equipment Malfunctions Can Cause Serious Injuries

When any vehicle on the highway experiences an equipment failure, it can be dangerous. This is even more so the case when that vehicle is a semi-truck. If a truck driver’s load is improperly secured, or ends up on the highway due to the negligence of the driver in securing the load, the driver is responsible to those injured by accidents caused by the debris.
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This law firm has aggressively represented many people over the past 33 years who have been injured in tractor-trailer collisions. They can be catastrophic.

I hope that you have not been injured in a crash with an 18 wheeler, but if, God forbid, you have been hurt in one it is essential that you hire the best local lawyer to fight for you immediately.

Why?
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I just took a key deposition in an 18 wheeler crash case in which my team rushed out to obtain damning evidence against the trucking company and I wanted to stress just how important it is for an innocent victim to hire the best attorney.

How do you know who to hire? Here are a few tips.

STEP 1: Meet with several lawyers. See if you like them. Ask them these questions:
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untitled.pngTruck driver fatigue is a factor in a shocking number of truck accidents. The risk of an 18 wheeler driver crashing dramatically increases as he drives longer hours. The driver is more likely to nod off and rear end another vehicle or drift into the next lane or across the centerline. But his company wants to increase its profits, and he wants to up his take home pay, so he keeps on trucking.

In an attempt to improve highway safety, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that new federal regulations that will further crack down on driver fatigue.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has just announced that 3,757 of fatalities from motor vehicle collisions were the result of crashes with tractor trailers and other commercial trucks in 2011.

Even though they only comprise 3% of the vehicles on the road, these giant trucks caused a disproportionate 12% of the deaths. And worse, 72% of the people killed were in the smaller vehicle.

Consider these facts as you drive next to a tractor-trailer:

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