The weather conditions affect the roads every day. Whether it's foggy, dusty or raining, drivers have to know how to handle the weather to stay safe. If they're not confident in their abilities or are too confident, they could cause wrecks.
You may be familiar with signs that state that trucks need to stay in the right-hand lane. Is that a law, though, and if so, why do so many people violate it?
Its hard to imagine hitting someone in your vehicle and never seeing the crash coming. If you're paying attention, even just a little bit, you'd notice that you couldn't stop in time and try to apply the brakes. That didn't happen with this case.
Have you ever seen a semitruck jackknife on the road? That happens when the cab and trailer wind up going in two directions and look much like a folded pocketknife -- in a V- or L-shape. Jackknifing trucks present real road hazards to the trucks' drivers and others who share the roads with them. Learn how you can be safer on the roads this winter around these big rigs.
Large trucks were involved in approximately 338,000 crashes in 2013. The majority of those crashes resulted in property damage. Another 73,000 caused injuries. In total, 3,906 were fatal. Avoiding these crashes is key to protecting yourself, your family and your future.
It took only a few minutes, but it felt like time was moving slowly. You watched a semi-truck approach your vehicle quickly, and moments later, you were struggling to find a way out of your vehicle.
Particularly in the summer, it's important to watch the roads and to look out for construction teams, slowed traffic, red lights and other indications that you need to slow down or stop. When you don't slow or stop when you are meant to, there's a possibility that you could cause a serious collision.
Everyone knows that texting while you drive is illegal. Despite this, there are many people from teens to adults who still text, check their emails and use their smartphones while they drive.
When the weather is windy, large trucks are at a higher risk of tipping over. Drivers need to be aware of the conditions that can lead to problems, so they can pull over an wait out a storm or dangerous conditions. When they don't do so, accidents like this one can take place.
Commercial drivers have an obligation to be safe on the roads. Truck drivers can lose their licenses for 60 days if they receive two traffic convictions within three years. If more traffic convictions take place, then the driver's license can be lost for even longer or revoked completely.