Officials in a New Jersey neighborhood are wishing a garbage truck driver had taken his allergy medicine before beginning his shift. Reportedly an allergy attack led to a sneezing fit that caused the driver to crash into a home.
Two Wisconsin semi-truck drivers have been implicated in a recent chain-reaction crash on the Borman Expressway near Hammond, Indiana. Authorities say the crash is directly related to the truck drivers' following each other too closely.
Driving an 18-wheeler is dangerous work. A vehicle that large can cause significant damage in an accident, so it is extremely important for drivers to be alert and focused on the road. Even a small mistake can have disastrous consequences.
The recent crash of a Megabus in Illinois that left one dead and over three dozen hurt is leading to questions about the safety and regulation of bus travel in the United States. Sadly, this is just one in a series of recent crashes involving low-fare buses. The accidents have prompted federal regulators to look into the industry and to perhaps consider stricter regulations. Last year, the National Transportation Safety Board completed an investigation into the motorcoach industry that revealed some striking findings. For example, the agency noted that curbside bus carriers (i.e., those that pick passengers up on the street instead of at a station) have significantly higher accident rates than traditional bus companies. Rates are even worse for newer companies and carriers with smaller fleets.
Large semi-trucks are dangerous vehicles. Simply because of their sheer size, semi-trucks are much more likely to cause serious injury or death in the event of a collision.
Commercial trucking is an integral and indispensable part of the American economy. Unfortunately, it also poses a significant threat to highway safety. Although truck accidents occur less frequently than car accidents, their consequences are often much more grave. As Wisconsin trucking accident lawyers know all too well, a collision between an 18-wheeler and a passenger vehicle almost always results in the car's occupants suffering significant personal injury.