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Proposed mandate for semi-truck speed-limiting devices hit snag

Motorists across Alabama and the United States have little choice when it comes to sharing the road with large trucks, and a proposal intended to make roadways safer has hit an unanticipated snag. Per the Insurance Journal, the president recently signed an order that places the implementation of the proposed speed-limiting devices in jeopardy, citing that doing so would hinder hiring and hurt business interests.

Semi-truck side guards could save lives

Sharing Alabama’s roadways with large trucks is an unavoidable reality for most motorists, and when cars and commercial trucks collide, cars frequently find themselves on the losing end. Recent test results involving semi-truck side guards indicate that these relatively simple enhancements have the potential to save numerous lives, and some are pushing for new mandates that would require all semi-truck companies to install them on their fleets.

Where are a commercial truck’s no-zones?

As someone who regularly drives Alabama’s roadways, you cannot help but encounter commercial trucks. If you are like many motorists, you may try and avoid driving around these massive, and massively heavy, vehicles as much as possible, but there are times when you have no choice but to share the road with them. Just as you have blind spots that make it tough to see certain areas outside your car while at the wheel, semi-truck drivers do, too. Knowing where they exist may help you learn to avoid or navigate around them.

Drowsy driving a likely factor in semi-truck crash that injured 2

A semi-truck driver is believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel before crashing into two vehicles from an Alabama sheriff’s office and sending two law enforcement officials to the hospital. Per WTVY, multiple witnesses at the scene in Houston County reported hearing the truck driver say he fell asleep at the steering wheel in the moments immediately preceding the crash.

New truckers not required to do any behind-the-wheel training

The injuries that result when cars and commercial trucks collide can prove serious and deadly, and motorists across Alabama and the U.S. may now face an even higher risk of such an accident. Per TruckingInfo.com, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has enacted its Final Rule for Entry-Level Driver requirements, and many safety advocates are angered about the rule’s lack of mandatory behind-the-wheel training for new drivers.

Drug testing truckers’ hair remains a hot-button issue

Some of the nation’s largest trucking companies want federal approval to administer drug tests on commercial truckers across Alabama and the United States using their hair, in addition to already approved tests that rely on urine. According to Bloomberg BNA, the group of truckers and the American Trucking Association are among those who feel that this would help employers more effectively screen new hires and minimize drug-related accidents on U.S. roadways.

Trucking companies increasingly recruiting older drivers

Consumers across Alabama and the United States have become accustomed to convenience while shopping in stores and online. Commercial truckers play a key role in getting those goods in the hands of the American public in a prompt and reliable manner.

Litigation over truck accidents requires several steps

Learning to share the road with semi-trucks is something all Alabamans must do, but even the state’s most careful and cautious drivers cannot always avoid accidents and associated litigation. DriveSafeAlabama.org reports that during 2013, heavy trucks were involved in 7,322 collisions. Within that number, defective equipment was the sixth primary cause at 317 crashes, and alcohol was a factor in 92 truck accidents on state roadways. When truckers or trucking companies act negligently, people often choose to initiate litigation to obtain compensation, but there are several steps that should be taken.

When large trucks crash

Preventable accidents on the Alabama roadways are often tragic, especially when you or a loved one suffers a severe injury. Because the risk is so much greater when one of the vehicles involved is a tractor trailer, it makes sense for the law to hold commercial drivers to strict requirements. Even so, accidents involving large trucks continue to plague the state. We at The Sapp Law Firm, LLC, have provided legal assistance to many people who have been affected by truck crashes.

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