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Why truck accidents occur

Generally speaking, those in passenger vehicles are going to experience more harm than those in large trucks when the two types of vehicles collide. This is because a commercial truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds while a passenger vehicle weighs up to 4,000 pounds. With so much on the line, it is important to understand the common causes of large truck accidents in North Carolina and throughout the country.

Driver error is among the most common reasons why large trucks are involved in accidents. Drivers may be operating their vehicles while drunk, tired or under the influence of drugs. It is also possible that they will drive while tired or without regard for slower drivers on the road. If a vehicle is not properly maintained or loaded, it could result in a truck tipping over or sliding off of the road.

Avoiding car accidents in the winter

North Carolina residents know that winter is one of the most dangerous seasons for auto accidents. Nevertheless, they have a responsibility year-round to keep themselves and others on the road out of harm's way, and they must carry this out through safe driving techniques. Below are just a few of the basics.

First of all, icy and snowy conditions require drivers to slow down. The faster people drive, the less traction the tires have. Individuals must also increase the gap between themselves and the vehicles in front of them. It should be a distance of at least five or six seconds. Then drivers must learn to accelerate and brake not harshly, but gently. Accelerate with a slight motion of the heel.

Can you spot a distracted driver easily on the road?

Many people think of distracted driving as the new drunk driving. It is a dangerous practice that has caused far too many otherwise preventable accidents that leave people injured or even dead. With the rise of the mobile phone, distraction has become an increasingly omnipresent danger on the road.

Like with drunk driving, there have been efforts at both the government and individual citizen level to spread awareness about the risks involved with distracted driving. The primary intention of these educational campaigns usually is a decrease in distracted driving. That is a noble aspiration, but if you already choose not to drive distracted, you may benefit more from learning about warning signs of distracted driving rather than simply reading the slogan of another awareness campaign.

What is the ELD rule for truckers?

If you are like most people who live in North Carolina, when you hear or see a report giving an account of a motor vehicle accident involving a tractor-trailer or other very large commercial vehicle, you may want to better understand the cause of the incident. Concerns about safe operation of these big rigs is understandable as a crash in which they are involved can be horrific for pedestrians or people in normal-sized passenger vehicles which are much smaller than these trucks.

Fatigue has long been identified as a significant issue for truckers and combatting fatigue is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacted its Hours of Service rule a few years ago. This rule places caps on the number of hours truckers can drive each week and each day. The rule also outlines provisions for break periods. To encourage compliance with this rule, the FMCSA has also instituted its electronic logging device rule.

Why are airplane seat belts important?

Many residents of North Carolina have taken at least one flight in their lifetime. Whether it was a domestic or international flight, you also likely had to wear seat belts. But just why are these devices so important in an airplane?

There is a misconception that seat belts on planes are relatively useless simply because of the devastating impact a crash could have. However, states that the purpose of an airplane seat belt isn't for use in the event of a crash. It is actually meant to be a safeguard against turbulence.

How can truck driver fatigue endanger you?

North Carolina residents like you have to share the streets with all manner of drivers. But truckers can be particularly dangerous simply because of the size of the vehicle they operate. Due to that, we at the Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd, P.A., will discuss why truck driver fatigue can be an even bigger danger than fatigue in non-truck drivers.

Truck driver fatigue can be a huge issue as truck drivers will typically suffer from fatigue more than an average driver. This is due to the nature of the trucking industry, which at times rewards its drivers for somewhat risky behaviors. The faster a driver covers greater distances, the more money they can make for their time. This leads to drivers hitting the road even when they should be resting instead.

Property and business owners are responsible if visitors get hurt

When you purchase a property or open a business, you have a basic obligation to the public to maintain a safe space. People who visit you shouldn't have to worry about getting hurt because of your lack of maintenance. To limit the potential legal liability at your property or business, you will need to be proactive about maintenance, as well as carrying proper insurance.

From clearing the snow off your sidewalks during inclement weather to effectively dealing with any messes that occur within the facility, there are many maintenance expectations of business managers and property owners. The public should have a reasonable expectation of safety when visiting the space they are legally allowed to enter. You do your part by paying for insurance and maintaining the space.

Can safety defects lead to a crash?

North Carolina residents like you rely on your vehicles to transport you safely wherever you need to go. Unfortunately, safety-related defects can cause once-safe cars to become high risks. Today, we'll take a look at how to identify a safety defect and how it can contribute to your chances of getting into a crash.

FindLaw defines safety defects as any defect involving car parts, or the entirety of a vehicle, that hamper its safety in any way. If a part fails to reach the standards of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act, it may be recalled. These failures usually affect components of a car that are critical to your safety, or critical to the car’s functionality. For example, safety belts, airbags, steering and brakes are often the subject of recalls.

Identifying and handling whiplash trauma

Drivers in North Carolina are involved in a crash may experience whiplash. While some people might want to brush whiplash off as a minor injury, it can actually cause long-lasting and potentially expensive problems for the sufferer.

FindLaw describes whiplash as one of the most common soft tissue injuries car crashes can cause. It usually involves the damage of muscles, ligaments, nerves and vertebrae after an abrupt motion (being rear-ended, for example) causes the aforementioned areas to become strained. It can also be called a hyperextension injury, cervical strain, or cervical sprain.

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