Articles Tagged with big rigs

Big rigs, tractor trailers, and other commercial trucks have big side-view mirrors sticking out their sides. Most people see these mirrors as an important safety feature—one that allows drivers to see along the sides of their truck. However, a new plan suggests getting rid of these mirrors could actually help prevent trucking collisions.

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In fact, in Europe, American company Stoneridge Inc. has already replaced some big rig side mirrors with a system of sensors and cameras. The trucks with these devices have been on the road since 2016 and proponents say the pilot project shows that replacing side-view mirrors can reduce truck accidents while improving fuel efficiency. Now, the company is using the system on real-world trucks in America and is seeking exemptions for mirrors from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Continue reading →

There may types of truck accident injuries in Hollywood and across South Florida. One of the common types of injuries resulting from this type of traffic crash involves trapped passengers or crushing injuries. Both are devastating and can easily lead to fatalities, amputations and serious injury.

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Crushing Injuries

Crushing injuries occur when the force of a truck collision causes crumple zones in a vehicle to collapse or causes them to be compromised. For example, if a truck T-bones a passenger car, the force of the truck can push through the side doors and windows, effectively crushing passengers against the interior of the vehicle. This can cause significant internal injuries and crushing injuries as bones, ligaments, muscles and other tissues are crushed and sometimes damaged beyond repair. Crushing injuries can lead to fatalities if they affect a major organ or body system. When the limbs are affected by crushing injuries, amputation may be the only way to save the victim’s life.

Double trailers, as their name suggests, are two tractor trailers hitched together on the same cab, one after another. These vehicles provoke much debate and controversy, with some claiming they make roads safer and some suggesting double trailer trucks are an added risk on the roads.

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Advocates for double trailers – including those trying to convince Congress to change the rules to get more of these vehicles on the road – say double trailers are a good thing because:

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According to researchers – including Monica He of the University of Pennsylvania – there may be a strong link between national economic well-being and trucking accidents. Research suggests that during economic downturns and recessions, the overall  number of truck accidents declines. When the economy is rebuilding – such as currently – truck accidents increase again.

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According to researchers, part of the reason may have to do with the fact that when the economy is thriving, more goods are being delivered to stores and businesses. More businesses are ordering, more customers are buying, and there is greater need for transportation in general.

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Legislators and safety advocates often suggest ways to reduce truck collisions and crashes in Homestead and across Florida. However, even though roads are redesigned, truck parts that are proven defective are recalled, and other steps are taken, Florida residents continue to be seriously injured or even suffer fatal injuries in traffic collisions across the state.

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A growing number of safety advocates believe that part of the problem doesn’t come down to more laws but rather changes in the way we as a society look at driving and driving culture. What cultural changes could help reduce accidents on the roads? There are a few possible options:

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Trucking accidents in Hollywood and other South Florida communities can be traumatic. In fact, some people who walk away from these types of collisions suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other conditions due to the stress they have suffered during the crash.

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You may be suffering from trauma following your Hollywood trucking accident if you experience the following symptoms:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Difficulty with concentration or focus
  • Memory problems
  • Mood swings or personality changes
  • Changes to eating habits
  • Loss of interest in friends or regular activities
  • Difficulty completing work-related or daily tasks
  • Fears, especially related to getting back on the road
  • Anger, frustration, and general feelings of upset

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Truck accidents in Hollywood and South Florida may seem hard to predict, but in fact there are several risk factors that could help you spot potential danger on the road. When you share the road with big rigs, tractor trailers, and other vehicles, you need to be alert. Certain signs can indicate your risk of an accident is higher and you need to take action.

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Risk factors can include:

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If you’re a young driver, you probably take your driving skills and freedoms very seriously. That’s great news. Here’s the problem: not everyone on the roads is as careful as you. If you’re a new driver and still working on your skills, one thing you may be a little nervous about sharing the road with big rigs, 18 wheelers, and other large trucks.

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If you want to avoid car and truck accidents in Homestead or your city, we have some tips to help you avoid traffic collisions in Hollywood or your Florida city:

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Being in a trucking accident in Hollywood or South Florida is extremely expensive. Medical costs are quite high here, and in many cases insurance caps mean some of your costs may not be covered. It’s not unusual for a trucking accident to cause devastating injuries, such as brain injuries, spinal cord trauma, and more. These types of injuries can cost in excess of one million dollars if they are permanent and severe. Even fractures and facial injuries that don’t require years of medical treatment, however, can end up costing tens of thousands of dollars.

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What makes trucking accident so expensive? Let’s take a closer look at some of those costs:

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Timing and time play a bigger role than you might think in car and truck accidents in Hollywood and South Florida. When it comes to sharing the roads with larger commercial vehicles, especially, you need to consider timing in three crucial ways:

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1) The timing of your drive.

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