If your company in Louisiana requires you to hire drivers to run organizational operations, it is critical that you find individuals who have demonstrated responsibility and have a clean driving record. Your vigilance in implementing strategies designed to protect your drivers, as well as encourage them to be attentive and respectful to other motorists is critical to protecting the well-being and reputation of your company as well.
Busses could seem like a relatively safe way to travel when looking at the statistics. The U.S. Department of Transportation data for 2016 states that, out of almost a million busses, only 16,000 had accidents that caused injuries. That is an injury rate of less than two percent.
When you hear the term "commercial vehicle," what comes to mind? Many people would say a large truck or a large vehicle. However, that is not fully encompassing all commercial vehicles under Louisiana law. The commercial vehicle designation has nothing to do with the size or weight of a vehicle. It is linked entirely to use.
If you use your vehicle for business purposes in Louisiana, you should get commercial vehicle insurance. Trusted Choice explains that this type of auto insurance is designed specifically to cover your vehicle when it is used for business. Your regular insurance will not cover you if you are using your vehicle as part of business services, such as delivering or hauling items being sold as part of your business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.