Across Kentucky and the rest of the United States, commercial trucks and buses will soon be subject to an inspection spree known as the International Roadcheck. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts this event once a year over a 72-hour period in order to see where drivers are compliant and where they aren't; the agency has recently stated that this year's event will take place from June 5 to 7.
Many Kentucky drivers may be concerned or even frightened when driving near large commercial trucks due to the danger of a severe injury in a trucking accident. The massive size and weight of these vehicles mean that a collision can often lead to severe consequences and even lifelong disabilities. A recent study underlines the danger of trucking accidents, noting that the majority of such crashes are caused due to errors made by the truck driver.
Commercial truck drivers in Kentucky and elsewhere around the country will soon be asked to participate in a survey regarding their commuting time in their personal vehicles. The survey, which is to be conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, is intended to determine how often truckers' journeys to their jobs take longer than two and a half hours. The agency also stated that after the survey has been completed, it plans to examine how safety and driver fatigue are affected by excessive commuting.
Police say that a 2015 Freightliner driven by a 57-year-old man flipped over in the median of US Route 25 eastbound in Knox County. Debris from the collision struck a 2010 Buick being driven by a 31-year old man. The crash occurred at about 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 20, and authorities say that everyone was wearing a seat belt when it took place.
Kentucky drivers who are concerned about roadway safety may want to know that federal safety rules intended to prevent commercial truckers from driving while drowsy were blocked in early December by Republican lawmakers. The lawmakers added a provision to a government spending bill that suspended regulations requiring truckers to have to nights off to rest after a 75-hour work week. The American Trucking Association has stated that in January 2017, it will also try to have state laws requiring more rest breaks than those required by federal rule blocked as well. The organization asserts that there should be a single national rule regarding work hours for interstate truckers.
In some Kentucky accidents involving large trucks, motorists in cars skid underneath the trucks either from the rear or the side. These accidents, which are called underride collisions, often result in fatalities due to the top of the car being crushed by the underside of the trucks.
When an individual from Kentucky is involved in a commercial vehicle accident caused by the driver, there are a variety of different categories of damages that might be recoverable. The available damages will depend on the facts of the case, the extent of the injuries, the age of the victim and whether or not the victim was killed.
When a small passenger vehicle is in the vicinity of a large commercial truck, every decision a driver makes is magnified. Even minor mistakes such as failing to signal a lane change could result in a significant collision. In some cases, the driver of the passenger car is at fault for an accident with a commercial truck. For instance, he or she may have been driving in "no zones" such as alongside or behind a large commercial vehicle where visibility is limited.
As unsettling as the idea of a speeding and texting car, pickup or sport utility vehicle driver is, consider the prospect of a speeding and texting semi driver. Indeed, it's truly terrifying to imagine the idea of a vehicle weighing upwards of 40 tons barreling down the highway at speeds of over 60 miles-per-hour with essentially no one minding the wheel for several seconds at a time.