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Backup accidents (also called back over accidents) occur when a commercial truck hits a person, or hits another vehicle or stationary object, while the truck is in reverse. Large commercial trucks have huge blind spots, which makes the task of backing up dangerous, unless the driver has the assistance of a spotter or a rear-view…

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Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) function as “black boxes” for commercial trucks. The ELD is connected to the truck’s engine, and it monitors when the truck is moving and when it has stopped. ELDs replace paper logs for those interstate truck drivers who are required to keep record of duty status (RODS) logs. The National Transportation…

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You’ve likely heard the piercing “beep beep beep” and seen flashing lights as a semi-truck has shifted into reverse to back into a loading dock or parking lot. You may also have noticed how difficult and dangerous it looks when a truck driver performs this maneuver, with limited visibility and space. Sometimes, these trucks may…

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Navistar, Inc. recently announced two separate recalls involving more than 28,000 International trucks. Additionally, Continental Tire announced a recall of approximately 2,000 commercial truck tires. These announcements are according to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The trucking company is recalling 26,288 of their heavy-duty trucks with specific Cummins engines – ISX15…

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Big rig rollovers can produce a range of consequences – from simply shutting down traffic hours, to serious injuries, to even death. Case in point: A recent crash in California involving a cement truck forced the closure of southbound 110 Freeway in Carson on July 20. The accident took place near the Carson Street exit…

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In early January, an 18-wheeler seemingly fell from the sky onto the northbound 5 freeway. Well, it wasn’t exactly the sky, but an overpass. Around 10:00am on January 9, a truck fell off the overpass at the 118 and 5 interchange in Mission Hills. The driver was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, but…

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Every day, garbage trucks drive our roadways and neighborhood streets to provide a valuable service to the community. However, when these large and heavy vehicles are not operated in a safe manner, they can cause serious accidents that leave innocent victims with severe injuries. Recent Los Angeles garbage truck crashes demonstrate the dangers of these…

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Thousands of commercial trucks carry freight over the roadways of California every single day. As one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, the Los Angeles metro region contains an extensive market for the transport of freight. While all of this commercial activity may be good for the economy, the high risk of truck…

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Not yet. That is the answer to the above-posed headline question — at least as of today. As noted in a recent media piece discussing twin 33-foot trailer trucks, these true behemoths of the road are not currently approved for nationwide use on the country’s freeways and interstates. That could be changing, though, with a…

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Actually, the above headline might reasonably benefit from a slight word adjustment, namely, the substitution of “many” for “some,” given relevant statistics that help flesh out the real-world dimensions of driver-related risks in the nation’s commercial trucking industry. In the aggregate, commercial truckers would seem by all indications to warrant close scrutiny from safety regulators…

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