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Two weeks ago on the blog we discussed semi-truck maintenance and how important it is to ensure the safety of other motorists on the road. The responsibility for properly caring for a truck falls on the shoulders of the trucker and the company he or she works for. A trucker or company's neglect to adequately repair and maintain a big rig could cause a catastrophic tractor trailer crash, which might leave innocent individuals seriously injured or dead.

Semitrailer maintenance critical to safety


Readers of this blog are very familiar with the dangers posed by semitrailers. A fatigued or distracted trucker can swerve his or her massive vehicle into other lanes of traffic, causing a devastating wreck with tragic consequences. Though there are many things truckers should do when behind the wheel, their actions and inactions on the road are not the end all and be all of safety.

Semi-truck stopping distances much longer than that of cars


Most, if not all, Massachusetts motorists know that they should not follow the vehicle in front of them too closely. The reason is so that the motorist following the vehicle can safely slow down and stop, if needed, without slamming into the vehicle in front. However, though many motorists may have a general feel for how long it can take for a vehicle to slow down or stop, a trucker may have difficulty gauging this. When they fail to do so accurately, a serious tractor trailer crash can occur that can leave other people severely hurt.

How long can truckers stay behind the wheel?


Readers of this blog probably know that though there are certain things they can do to keep themselves safe from truck accidents, these tragic wrecks continue to occur. Therefore, laws and regulations have been implemented in an effort to curtail dangerous truck driving. One way to do so is to put restrictions on trucking hours.

Truck accident leaves Massachusetts man dead


On our blog, we often discuss truck accidents and how damaging they can be to other motor vehicles and their drivers and passengers. However, box trucks and 18-wheelers can also pose a significant threat to pedestrians, including those broken down on the side of the road. As one recent Massachusetts accident shows, a truck-pedestrian accident can be devastating.

Can I sue a truck company if I'm hurt in a big rig accident?


In many cases the answer is yes. Under a legal theory known as respondeat superior, an individual who is injured by another may be able to hold the defendant's employer liable for damages. However, certain elements must be present before respondeat superior, which means "let the master answer," can be enacted. In order to get a better sense of how you can recoup your damages, let's look at those elements.

If you've been injured by a semi-truck, we can fight for you


Last week's blog post discussed the qualifications needed for an individual to receive a Commercial Driver's License, or CDL. Though being properly trained and possessing the proper credentials renders one capable of operating a semi-truck on the road, it does not prevent a truck driver from being negligent or reckless behind the wheel. A trucker may push himself or herself too hard and become fatigued, putting other motorists at risk, or a trucker may be intoxicated or inattentive, increasing the chances of a serious accident.

What are the qualifications for obtaining a CDL?


As has been often discussed on this blog, though semi-trucks play an important role in our society and our economy, they pose significant dangers to other motorists. One way that these threats are lessened is by state and federal laws and regulations. These laws and regulations may limit the number of hours a trucker can drive in a given period, restrict what a trucker can haul, and/or impose inspection requirements on trucking companies. One of the easiest ways to ensure a truck driver can operate his or her vehicle in a safe manner is to require him or her to obtain a Commercial Driver's License, known as a CDL.

What can I do to help avoid a truck accident?


Semi-trucks are a common presence on Massachusetts roads. These vehicles and their drivers play a vital role in our economy by moving goods across the country. However, they also pose a threat to other motorists, as their massive size can cause devastating damage and injuries to those in other vehicles should an accident occur. In far too many cases, unsuspecting motorists are killed in these wrecks. While the onus is on truck drivers to ensure the safety of other motorists, there are certain steps you can take to better protect yourself when driving near a big rig.

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