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Commercial Vehicle Accidents Archives

What should happen in an accident involving rideshare drivers

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are increasing in popular use, but like any other vehicle on the road, Lyft and Uber cars can wind up in automobile accidents. Because these ridesharing companies are fairly new to the driving scene, some people in Louisiana may not know what would happen if an Uber driver collides with their vehicle. Actually, rideshare driver accidents are not much different than ordinary auto accidents, involving many of the same steps that typical drivers would take if they were caught in a wreck.

What makes commercial vehicles different from passenger vehicles?

When it comes to accidents in Louisiana, the worst ones often involve commercial vehicles. There are really good reasons why these vehicles lead to such severe accidents. It comes down to the differences between the two types of vehicles. As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration explains, a commercial truck and passenger vehicle are two very different machines with many key differences. 

The unique dangers of truck rollover accidents

Like anyone in the United States, you encounter large trucks regularly when you drive on the freeway or on city streets. Commercial 18-wheelers are an essential part of the economy for people in Louisiana and elsewhere, but at the Hale Law Firm, we are all too aware of the dangers that big rigs also pose for those who share the roads with them.

Why do large trucks have to be weighed?

As you are driving on Louisiana highways, you probably have noticed trucks leaving the roadway to go into weigh stations. Why do large trucks have to be weighed when passenger vehicles do not? What is the importance of vehicle weight? Does the weighing of trucks have any effects on you? These may be some of the questions that go through your mind when you see a truck pull off. 

What is respondeat superior?

It is hard not to feel somewhat intimidated whenever you pull alongside a large commercial vehicle in Lake Charles. Its massive size all but guarantees extensive damage if and when it is involved in a collision. After having been in such an accident, you are more than likely left with having to deal with enormous medical expenses as well as high vehicle repair costs. Who is going to help you pay for these things? 

What are the “no zones” of a semi truck?

In a previous blog post, you learned some tips to driving safely around large trucks. One of those tips mentioned the trucks "no zones." In order to stay safe and to be able to share Louisiana roadways with trucks and avoid accidents, you must completely understand what the "no zones" are and why they are so critical.

What are some facts about commercial vehicle accidents?

Commercial vehicles are plentiful on Louisiana roadways. They include everything from large semi trucks to passenger busses. These vehicles are almost always the largest ones on the road. When they cause or are involved in an accident, it often results in serious injuries and even deaths. Because of this, it is imperative to be aware of them when you are on the roads and to understand how to avoid an accident with one.

Why trucking accidents are so deadly

Louisiana drivers are well aware that they share the highways and freeways with large trucks. Of course they are careful when passing them and never cut back in front of them too quickly, but what they might not be aware of is that approximately 10 percent of highway deaths involve a large truck. So says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Facts about construction zone accidents

Accidents in construction zones are unfortunately a common occurrence in Louisiana. Construction zones are a dangerous place due to the nature of the work and the many dangerous machines and equipment used. However, accidents can often be prevented through the vigilance of employers, workers and others around construction zones. Despite best efforts, though, accidents still occur all too often, many resulting in catastrophic injuries or death.

How does speeding affect accidents?

If you are like most drivers, you have probably exceeded the posted speed limit at some point when driving in Louisiana. It can happen easily, but when you are intentionally speeding, it creates dangerous conditions. Speeding leads to many accidents, which are typically more severe than accidents that do not involve speeding.

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