Category: Truck Accidents

In some ways, the trucking industry is like any other. It wants to maximize profits and minimize costs. It wants the transportation of cargo to go smoothly, quickly and cheaply, with as little interference as possible from regulators. The industry should understand that while policies and procedures that make for safe trucks and drivers may […]

To legally drive a commercial truck in Kentucky and across the country, a person needs a commercial driver’s license (CDL), which requires successful passage of a written test and a skills test. You might think these tests would be administered by the state, but that’s not necessarily the case. In most states (39 of 50, […]

Advances in technology which allow automobiles to drive themselves are often in the news lately, and the trucking industry is starting to catch up. Truck manufacturers and fleet owners hope that improved technology will result in savings of fuel and time, as well as improved safety. Eventually trucks may be driving themselves, but it appears […]

Compared to the average driver, commercial drivers are under far more medical scrutiny — and for good reason. While a passenger car or SUV has the potential to do a lot of harm, a semi-truck weighing 40 tons can cause catastrophic damage when involved in an accident, so it’s especially important to keep drivers impaired […]

A fatigued, distracted driver operating an 80,000-pound vehicle on Kentucky roads can be a menace to other drivers and pedestrians. While there are federal regulations requiring drivers to take time off after a certain amount of driving to get some sleep, they can’t guarantee the quality of sleep a driver will get. Obstructive sleep apnea […]

The federal agency whose job it is to oversee the safety of the trucking industry is proposing a change in regulations that will provide a monthly rating of regulated commercial motor carriers. If the system is enacted, it may result in safer trucks on Kentucky roads; more trucking companies will come under scrutiny and motor […]

With all the large trucks seen on the highways these days, you might be surprised to learn that the trucking industry is actually suffering from a shortage of drivers. And this shortage could lead to a situation that increases the chances of you or your family member suffering from injuries received in a crash with […]

One way to try to have commercial truck drivers operate safely is to have limits as to how much they can drive. While we want trucks to deliver the goods we want and need, we don’t want fatigued or sleepy drivers causing accidents. According to national data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), […]

Truck Tire Safety

January 15th, 2016 by Attorney Julie Butcher

Tires are where the rubber hits the road, and when those tires are on an 80,000-pound semi-truck driving next to you on the highway, you hope they’re in good shape. If not, a tire failure could lead to loss of control of a big rig, or the debris from the tire could hit your vehicle […]

The allowable weight for a commercial truck depends on how many axles it has. How safe it is depends not only on its weight but on how well it’s equipped, maintained, loaded and driven. For semi-trucks the federal and state limit is 80,000 pounds, though there are over-size trucks with heavy loads on the roads, […]