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Commercial vehicle accidents


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Find information on Kentucky commercial vehicle accidents and commercial vehicle accident prevention.From truck accidents to bus accidents, lets keep Kentucky's roads safe.

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Commercial vehicle accidents

  1. 1. Commercial Vehicles on Kentucky Roads A Look at the Dangers Large Trucks and Buses Pose to Our Drivers
  2. 2. Truckin’ in Kentucky Kentucky drivers are no strangers to seeing big rigs on our roadways. Many truck drivers pass through Kentucky on a regular basis, not only on our major interstates, but also on many of our smaller roads. While most commercial vehicle drivers observe safety laws and comply with regulations, accidents still happen. Often, those accidents are caused by driver error. Let’s take a look at some of the specifics regarding commercial vehicle accidents in Kentucky.
  3. 3. A Look at the Numbers – Large Truck Accidents According to NHTSA, in 2013:  There were 3,964 fatalities in large truck accidents in the U.S.  Roughly 95,000 people were injured in large truck accidents.  71 percent of people killed in large truck accidents were occupants of other vehicles.  Drivers of large trucks had the highest percentage (15%) of previous recorded crashes compared to drivers of other vehicle types.  80% of fatal crashes involving large trucks are multiple-vehicle crashes, compared with 58% for fatal crashes involving passenger vehicles
  4. 4. Large Truck Accidents in Kentucky  The NHTSA tell us that, in 2013, there were 71 fatal vehicle crashes involving large trucks, 8.1% of all fatal vehicle crashes.  Kentucky is one of many states that allow drivers to obtain an intrastate CDL at the age of 18. Federal law prohibits truck drivers younger than 21 to cross state lines. Studies have shown that younger truck drivers are more likely to be involved in collisions.
  5. 5. Bus Crash Statistics in the U.S. From the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration  From 2003 to 2013, intercity buses accounted for 13 percent, school buses accounted for 41 percent and transit buses accounted for 33 percent of all buses involved in fatal crashes.  From 2012 to 2013, the number of buses involved in fatal crashes increased from 253 to 280, an increase of 11 percent, and the vehicle involvement rate for buses in fatal crashes increased by 8 percent.  A 2011 National Transportation Safety Board study says, “Buses and other commercial motor vehicles (CMV) have a higher likelihood of fatal accident involvement per registered vehicle.”
  6. 6. Causes of Commercial Vehicle Accidents There are many causes of commercial vehicle accidents. Here are just a few:  Speeding  Improper Lane Shifts  Improper Braking  Drowsy Driving (or Driver Fatigue)  Distracted Driving  Unsecured Loads  Blown Tires  Faulty or Poorly Maintained Brakes
  7. 7. When and Where Truck Accidents Happen The NHTSA tells us that:  64 percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred in rural areas.  79 percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks occurred on weekdays.  Of those weekday large truck fatal crashes, 73 percent occurred during the daytime hours of 6 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.
  8. 8. Hours of Service Rules for Commercial Trucks Hours of service rules are designed to regulate the number of hours a commercial motor vehicle operator can drive consecutively. According the HOS rules, the driver of a truck carrying property:  May drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty  May not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, following 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14- hour period.  May drive only if 8 hours or less have passed since end of driver’s last off-duty or sleeper berth period of at least 30 minutes.  May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.
  9. 9. Hours of Service Rules For Buses The driver of a commercial vehicle carrying passengers:  May drive a maximum of 10 hours after 8 consecutive hours off duty.  May not drive after having been on duty for 15 hours, following 8 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time is not included in the 15-hour period.  May not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days.  Drivers using a sleeper berth must take at least 8 hours in the sleeper berth, and may split the sleeper berth time into two periods provided neither is less than 2 hours.
  10. 10. Excessive Speed and the Effects on Tires Most tires on large trucks are not designed to travel at speeds exceeding 75 miles per hour, yet 16 states allow trucks to travel at that speed or even faster. While Kentucky speed limits don’t exceed 70 mph, trucks that travel over that limit or have traveled many miles in states that do allow those speeds, pose a danger to all other drivers. The American Trucking Association has been suggesting that all states reduce their truck-driving speed limit to 65 mph for safety reasons.
  11. 11. Collision Mitigation Systems Collision mitigation systems (or collision avoidance systems) are designed to make automobiles safer through the use of sensors or radars that detect the possibility of an imminent crash. The automatic system then brakes or steers the vehicle to avoid a collision. The systems have proven to be effective tools against traffic collisions, yet many trucks on the road are not equipped with them. The National Highway Traffic Safety Authority has endorsed Automatic Emergency Braking Systems, for example, saying that they “can substantially enhance safety, especially with the number of distracted drivers on the road.”
  12. 12. Tips For Driving Around Commercial Vehicles  Avoid passing these vehicles in the right lane.  Be aware of truck and bus blind spots.  Keep in mind that larger vehicles take much longer to come to a complete stop.  Don’t reduce your speed immediately after passing commercial vehicles.  Pay special attention to crosswinds
  13. 13. If You’ve Been Injured in a Large Truck Accident… You need an experienced Lexington truck accident lawyer like Julie Butcher who knows this area of the law and has achieved favorable results for many injured victims. Many big trucking companies have a legal team ready to protect their interests so you need an attorney who won’t be intimidated. Julie Butcher will fight for you. For free resources and answers to questions concerning your central Kentucky truck or tractor-trailer accident, contact attorney Julie Butcher online or at 1-866-77-JULIE.