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7 Dangerous Practices Causing MORE Large Truck Crashes

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tun

tely, lge t

uck c

shes h

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e

se, putting even mo

e moto

ists

t

isk.

lthough m

ny situ

tions might le

d to

l

ge t

uck

ccident, negligent t

uck d

ive

s

nd t

ucking comp

nies p

t

ke in d

nge

ous pctices

hich h

ve led to this inc

e

se.<

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ies in

n

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ith

l

ge t

uck, cont

ct

n

tion

l

nd po

e

ful l

fi

m

ho kno

s ho

to

o

k

ith the lge insunce policies, inc

e

sed p

ope

ty d

m

ge,

nd seve

e inju

ies

hich

ccomp

ny

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ge t

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e Hold T

ucke

s

nd Thei

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s

ccount

ble

hen They T

y to

void Li

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d. Moto

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ive

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ho suffe

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m

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ive

o

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ucking comp

ny negligence c

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ies

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hen you e inju

ed bec

use of

t

uck

ccident, you expect the t

ucking comp

ny (o

thei

insu

nce c

ie

) to cove

you

medic

l expenses

nd lost

ges. Inste

d, t

ucking comp

nies

ill go out of thei

y to

void li

bility by dev

luing you

cl

im, do

npl

ying you

inju

ies,

nd even shifting the bl

me to you! Ou

fi

m kno

s the lengths t

ucking comp

nies

nd thei

insunce comp

nies

ill go to p

otect thei

bottom line. The follo

ing

e some d

nge

ous p

ctices le

ding to inc

e

sed numbe

s of l

ge t

uck cshes, one o

mo

e of

hich might h

ve led to youccident.

hen

e m

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t

ucking comp

nies to bl

me the victim, you get the compens

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ve. n>

D

NGE

OUS PCTICE NUMBE

ONE: D

iving

hile Dist

cted

n style="font-

eight: 400;”>T

uck d

ive

s e held to highe

st

ndds on the

o

d th

n the

vege d

ive

, bec

use they hold comme

ci

l d

ive

s’ licenses (CDLs),

hich me

ns they should kno

bette

th

n to let distctions inte

fe

e

ith thei

d

iving. Yet, dist

cted d

iving

em

ins one of the most common c

uses of l

ge t

uck cshes. Unlike those in moto

vehicles, m

ny t

ucke

s en’t distcted by thei

phones. In f

ct, it’s

g

inst fedel l fo t

uck d

ive

to use

cell phone

hile d

iving, unless using

h

nds-f

ee fe

tu

e. n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">The Fedel Moto

C

ie

S

fety

dminist

tion (FMSC

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ive

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cted-d

iving"> n style=”font-

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epo

ts<

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n><>n style=”font-

eight: 400;"> comme

ci

l d

ive

s

ho text

hile opeting

big

ig e FOU

TIMES MO

E LIKELY to csh th

n othe

d

ive

s on the

o

d.<

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n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">Othe

dist

ctions th

t pl

gue t

uck d

ive

s

nd cont

ibute to the inc

e

sing numbe

of t

uck cshes include e

ting

nd d

inking

hile d

iving, m

king dio o

GPS

djustments,

e

ching to gb items f

om the floo

o

p

ssenge

se

t, tching events outside of the t

uck,

nd d

yd

e

ming.

ny

ction

hich

emoves

t

ucke

’s eyes, h

nds, o

mind

y f

om the

o

d poses

th

e

t to ne

by vehicles. D

ive

s

ho c

use

n

ccident

hen they e distcted f

ce h

sh pen

lties including fines

nd potenti

l license suspension.

epe

t offenses might

esult in

t

ucke

pe

m

nently losing his CDL.<

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n>

D

NGE

OUS PCTICE NUMBE

T

O: D

o

sy D

iving

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tion

l T

nspo

t

tion S

fety Bod

epo

ts bet

een n><

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fety

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ges

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eight: 400;">30

nd 40 pe

cent of lge t

uck

ccidents

esult f

om d

ive

f

tigue n><>n style=”font-

eight: 400;">. This is most likely bec

use st

ying

ke fo

18 o

mo

e hou

s h

s the s

me effect on

d

ive

’s body

s being leg

lly intoxic

ted. T

ucke

s h

ve dem

nding schedules to m

ke on-time pick-ups

nd delive

ies,

nd m

ny d

ive th

ough the night. D

ive

s h

ve leg

l limit

tions

bout the numbe

of hou

s they c

n d

ive in

d

y

nd

eek, but some don’t follo

these

ules, o

in t

ucking indust

y l

ngu

ge, “they

un hot.” Tod

y, it is

little h

de

fo

t

ucke

s to

un hot bec

use of

ecent elect

onic logbook

equi

ement. Elect

onic logging devices (ELDs) keep t

ck of the d

ivectivity

hen

t

uck is in ope

tion. n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">Yet, ELDs might not h

ve thei

intended effect. Fi

st, t

ucking comp

nies must enfo

ce ELD use

nd negligent comp

nies might encouge d

ive

s to use

h

teveo

k

ounds they c

n to che

t the system

nd push hdehen on the

o

d. Of even mo

e impo

t

nce, n><

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ef="https:

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fety

d

ive

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fety

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iving-tips-d

ive

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tigue”> n style="font-

eight: 400;”>FMSC

studies<

sp

n><>n style=”font-

eight: 400;"> sho

the time of d

y

d

ive

is ope

ting

ffects

le

tness mo

e th

n the numbe

of hou

s d

iven.

hen you conside

these things

ith the g

o

ing sho

t

ge of t

uck d

ive

s, it c

e

tes the pe

fect sto

m fo

mo

e l

ge t

uck cshes.<

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n>

D

NGE

OUS PCTICE NUMBE

TH

EE: Hi

ing Ext

emely Old D

ive

s

ith Signific

nt Physic

l Dis

bilities<

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n style="font-

eight: 400;”>B

by boome

s continue to

eti

e, c

e

ting sho

t

ges fo

m

ny indust

ies, including the t

ucking indust

y. If you got

n

i

pl

ne

nd s

the pilot using

lke

,

ith heing

ids,

nd thick gl

sses, you

ould p

ob

bly

un the othe

y! Yet in most c

ses, t

ucke

s c

n d

ive

s long

s they

ish. The

vi

tion indust

y, fo

ex

mple,

equi

es pilots to

eti

e

t

ge 65, even

hen f

cing

sho

t

ge. The t

ucking indust

y, ho

eve

, h

s t

ken the opposite st

nce. In

esponse to

g

o

ing sho

t

ge of t

uck d

ive

s, t

ucking comp

nies e

ec

uiting d

ive

s in thei

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nd 8 n>n style=”font-

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des

ith signific

nt physic

l issues

nd limit

tions. <

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n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">

t some

ge,

hich c

n vy b

sed on individu

ls,

pe

son’s genel shpness dec

e

ses, but the t

ucking indust

y h

s not implemented

ny uppege limit ls. D

iving

semi t

uck

equi

es m

nu

l dexte

ity, impecc

ble vision,

nd the

bility to quickly

espond to h

z

ds

nd d

nge

ous on the

o

d. Ext

emely elde

ly t

ucke

s

ho continue to d

ive

hen thei

skills h

ve signific

ntly dete

io

ted put othe

moto

ists

t

isk fo

ccident

nd inju

y, cont

ibuting to the

ecent inc

e

se in l

ge t

uck cshes.<

sp

n>

D

NGE

OUS PCTICE NUMBE

FOU

: Hi

ing Young D

ive

s

n style="font-

eight: 400;”>Hi

ing young, inexpe

ienced d

ive

s h

s led to

n inc

e

se in l

ge t

uck cshes

s much

s hi

ing olde

d

ive

s. Young d

ive

s e

nothe

solution fo

t

ucking comp

nies de

ling

ith

d

ive

sho

t

ge.

cco

ding to the

me

ic

n T

ucking

ssoci

tion (

T

), the t

ucking indust

y

ill need mo

e th

n 175,000 by 2026 b

sed on the cuent tjecto

y.

hen t

ucking comp

nies c

nnot

ttct

eti

ed d

ive

s, o

e un

illing to p

y

highe

ge, they hi

e young d

ive

s

ith little expe

ience.<

sp

n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">The Bu

e

u of L

bo

St

tistics (BLS) estim

tes d

iving

lge t

uck fo

living is n><

h

ef="https:

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s.

ele

se

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eight: 400;”>

bout eight times mo

e de

dly<

sp

n><>n style=”font-

eight: 400;"> th

n being

l enfo

cement office

. D

ive

s must be 21 to obt

in

comme

ci

l d

ive

license (CDL), so they c

n d

ive

l

ge t

uck, but tining is not st

nd

dized

c

oss indust

ies. Lge t

ucking comp

nies

ith

lot of c

pit

l h

ve the

esou

ces to send

d

ive

to ‘t

ucke

school’ o

ope

te thei

o

n t

ining p

ogms,

nd entice young d

ive

s to

o

k fo

them

ith sign-on bonuses. Sm

lle

comp

nies typic

lly h

ve limited tining fo

ne

d

ive

s. Ne

semi d

ive

s on the

o

d

ho h

ve

ecently obt

ined thei

CDL c

n h

ve

ny

he

e f

om fou

to eight

eeks of behind-the-

heel t

ining.

egdless of length, the kno

ledge

nd skills lened in

t

ining p

ogm does not substitute fo

expe

ience.<

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n>

D

NGE

OUS PCTICE NUMBE

FIVE: Uns

fe Pking<

b>

n style="font-

eight: 400;”>H

ve you been d

iving

t night

nd noticed semi-t

ucks pked on exit o

ent

nce

mps to the inte

st

te,

nd thought to you

self, “

hy en’t these t

ucks

t

t

uck stop oest e

?” L

nes of pked t

ucks on exit

mps o

the side of the

o

d c

n be d

nge

ous. In inclement

e

the

, they

lso pose

h

z

d fo

othe

d

ive

s

ho might not see them,

hen visibility is

l

e

dy difficult

t night. n><

h

ef="https:

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.dot.gov/f

eight

inf

st

uctu

e/t

uck_pking

“> n style="font-

eight: 400;”>P

king sho

t

ges n><>n style=”font-

eight: 400;"> fo

t

ucks e common in some pts of the count

y,

nd the fedel m

nd

te fo

elect

onic logging devices (ELDs) h

s m

de this d

nge

ous situ

tion

o

se. n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">Once t

ucke

s

e

ch thei

d

ily hou

s of se

vice limit, they must find

pl

ce to

est. M

ny semis h

ve sleepe

s, so d

ive

s find

t

uck stop, pk thei

t

uck,

nd sleep. In the p

st,

hen

t

ucke

could not find

p

king spot, he

ould d

ive to the next exit o

est

e

to find pking.

ith

pking sho

t

ge

nd m

nd

ted use of

n ELD, d

ive

s

ho h

ve used thei

hou

s don’t leg

lly h

ve the time to d

ive fu

the

to find

pking spot, c

using them to p

k in h

zdous loc

tions

nd c

e

ting the oppo

tunity fo

mo

e l

ge t

uck cshes. If d

ive

s keep opeting to find

p

king spot they

e d

iving illeg

lly,

nd likely f

tigued f

om

long d

y, c

e

ting mo

e d

nge

. n>

D

NGE

OUS PCTICE NUMBE

SIX: B

d He

lth H

bits<

b>

n style="font-

eight: 400;”>Medic

l conditions

nd eme

gencies c

n le

d to seve

e

ccidents

esulting in inju

y o

f

t

lity. The U.S. h

s

g

o

ing obesity p

oblem,

hich is m

gnified in the t

ucking indust

y. T

ucke

s e<

sp

n><

h

ef="https:

/

.t

ucke

.com

d

ive

s/he

lth

ellness-t

ends-t

ucking”> n style="font-

eight: 400;”>t

o times mo

e likely n><>n style=”font-

eight: 400;"> to be obese th

n othe

employees. This is most likely esult of the dem

nding schedule

nd long hou

s sitting in

big

ig. Ve

y fe

semi d

ive

s h

ve the oppo

tunity to cook thei

o

n he

lthy me

ls

ith le

n p

otein

nd veget

bles to m

int

in

he

lthy

eight. Inste

d, most e

t the me

cy of f

st food

nd convenience food. In some c

ses,

d

ive

might be

ble to find

he

lthy me

l

t

est

unt

t

t

uck stop. Ove

ll, t

ucke

s need to m

ke

speci

l effo

t to e

t he

lthy foods

nd get enough sleep.<

sp

n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">Obesity coupled

ith the st

ess of the job puts t

ucke

s

t

isk fo

high blood p

essu

e, he

t

tt

ck, st

oke,

nd othe

se

ious conditions. It especi

lly cont

ibutes to sleep

pne

,

condition

hich c

uses people to quit b

e

thing

hile they sleep. Poo

he

lth h

bits

nd sleep issues cont

ibute to d

ive

f

tigue, m

king them especi

lly d

nge

ous. D

ive

s

e

equi

ed to h

ve physic

l

ith the Deptment of Tnspo

t

tion (DOT) e

ch ye

, so some conditions might be mitig

ted. Unfo

tun

tely, these conditions c

n le

d to

l

ge t

uck csh befo

e

d

ive

h

s

physic

l o

visits

physici

n in

eg

ds to symptoms. n> n style=”font-

eight: 400;">The

isk of Type II (

dult Onset) di

betes is

nothe

condition

hich imp

cts the he

lth of t

ucke

s. Unt

e

ted di

betes c

uses symptoms

hich poses inc

edible

mounts of

isk to othe

d

ive

s on the

o

d. In

ddition to f

tigue, di

betes c

uses blu

ed vision

nd slued speech. Lo

blood sug

c

n c

use seizu

es o

loss of consciousness, le

ding to seve

e c

shes. T

ucking comp

nies might t

y to gue you cont

ibuted to the

ccident, but not t

e

ting m

jo

he

lth issues is negligent

hen it le

ds to

n

ccident. n>

Len Mo

e

bout Finding

n Expe

ienced T

uck

ccident Lye

n style="font-

eight: 400;”>

skilled leg

l te

m kno

s the defense st

tegies

nd t

ctics th

t t

ucke

s, thei

employe

s,

nd thei

insunce c

ie

s

ill use to

void li

bility. If you

e

e inju

ed in

t

ucking

ccident, you need

n

dvoc

te

ho c

n

gg

essively pu

sue justice, so you get the compens

tion you dese

ve. Seve

l beh

vio

s h

ve led to

n inc

e

se in l

ge t

uck cshes in

ecent ye

s.

good

tto

ney kno

s

h

t they

e.

e hope this post c

n help you suppo

t you

c

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emembe

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ed by

t

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ive

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t

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ny, the l

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