Category: Truck Accidents

Autonomous crash-avoidance technology announced for trucks

Truck Accidents
  July 6, 2016

In the future, some tractor-trailers traveling on Pennsylvania freeways might be equipped with technology designed to reduce rear-end collisions. Two global truck parts companies, ZF and WABCO, have announced their joint effort to bring the Evasive Maneuver Assist system to the market. This technology would use sensory data and autonomous truck controls to steer a big rig around a stopped…

Self-driving trucks may be on the horizon as well

Truck Accidents
  May 27, 2016

While many Pennsylvania motorists have likely read about the self-driving cars that Google and other companies are developing and testing, they may not know that some companies have now turned their attention to developing technology to make commercial trucks self-driving as well. Some of the automated trucks are already being tested in several states. One company, Otto, is located in…

FMCSA reports fewer truck crash fatalities but more injuries

Truck Accidents
  May 9, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has reported a 5 percent decline in fatalities resulting from truck accidents in 2014. However, drivers in Pennsylvania might be concerned to learn that the agency recorded a 21 percent increase in truck-related crash injuries. Over the course of several years, the average numbers for truck-related deaths and injuries have strongly fallen. Large declines…

New potential rule released by FMCSA

Truck Accidents
  March 7, 2016

Pennsylvania road users may want to learn about the proposed rule that has been published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The agency, which regulates the truck driving industry, is proposing additional requirements for people who want to become commercial truck drivers. The FMCSA is calling for truck drivers to receive at least 30 hours of training behind the…

Electronic trucking logs to be required

Truck Accidents
  December 18, 2015

A new rule announced in December 2015 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is slated to take effect in the following February. The rule requires that commercial truck and bus drivers in Pennsylvania and throughout the country log their driving hours electronically. This will replace the paper-driven system that has been in place since 1938 and is expected to…

Tips for preventing a jackknife

Truck Accidents
  November 9, 2015

Pennsylvania truck drivers can take steps to avoid jackknifing depending on the cause of the problem and the point at which they realize it is happening. It is important to keep an eye on mirrors to check the frequency of trailer swing. If a driver is towing a trailer and notices that a jackknife is already in progress, increasing speed…

Trucker charged in fatal loose trailer accident from April

Truck Accidents
  July 13, 2015

Imagine you are driving on the highway when the trailer of a passing semi truck suddenly swings across the median, into your path. Maybe one second later, you have crashed into the trailer. It is very likely that you and your passengers will be seriously hurt as a result of colliding with such a huge, out-of-control object. Nearly four months…

Samsung says it is developing a ‘see-through’ semi truck

Truck Accidents
  June 29, 2015

The next time you are behind a tractor-trailer on a two-lane highway, afraid to try to pass because you cannot tell if anybody is coming the other way, keep in mind that someday, you may be able to peer through the truck to find out for sure. Right now, only Superman would have the ability, and he rarely has to…

Federal regulations try to reduce fatigued truck driver accidents

Truck Accidents
  May 11, 2015

Being a truck driver is difficult. Truckers are frequently away from home for days at a time. They must spend hours on the road, and face pressure to complete their deliveries as quickly as possible. So it is natural that truckers would be tempted to do what they can to reach their destination rapidly. Perhaps the two most common ways…

Truck accidents can be caused by driver, employer or both

Truck Accidents
  April 6, 2015

Tractor-trailers provide a vital service. They transport goods and products across the United States, including here in Pennsylvania. As a crossroads of the Northwest region of the country, thousands of semi trucks pass through Western and Central Pennsylvania every day, hauling millions of tons of materials. Though most of these vehicles pass through the state without incident, sometimes, commercial trucks…