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Why Do Overloaded Trucks Cause Accidents?

Any commercial truck on the road poses increased danger to other motorists, but an overloaded truck presents a variety of additional hazards. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposes weight limits on trucking companies in order to prevent as many weight-related truck accidents as possible. According to the FMCSA, the weight limit for a commercial motor vehicle is a gross weight (truck and cargo) of no more than 80,000 pounds. Some trucking companies have been caught ignoring the rule in attempt to boost productivity. In 2014, the Texas Department of Public Safety cited 61,184 drivers for operating overweight trucks. Overloaded trucks are responsible for hundreds of accidents on Texas roads every year. In 2011, 1,137 accidents on Texas highways were caused by overloaded trucks, in which four drivers died and another 30 were injured. What Risks Do Overloaded Trucks Pose? A commercial truck can easily weigh 20 or 30…
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Road Etiquette: How Driving Politely Can Improve Your Safety

Driving etiquette is not only polite, but it may also save lives. If you follow some of the behaviors we have listed below, you may reduce the chances of being involved in a car accident. Getting somewhere a few seconds faster is not worth your life or the lives of others. Use your turn signal: Neglecting your turn signal is a safety risk for obvious reasons. According to research conducted by the Society of Automotive Engineers, failure to use turn signals causes two million accidents every year. The study claims drivers neglect to use their turn signals 48 percent of the time. Please, don’t be one of these people. Be careful using your high beams: High beams can improve your personal safety while endangering others. The truth is, there is a right and wrong way to use high beams. Switch off your high beams to normal lighting when you see…
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Can This Device Prove Who Caused a Truck Accident?

Commercial aircraft are required to have cockpit voice recorders and flight data recorders. You may know of these devices as ‘the black box’, a term frequently used by the mainstream media after a major airplane crash. Black boxes record operational data on planes (such as the movement of rudders, ailerons or actions of the autopilot) and sounds from the cockpit. Without the black box, we wouldn’t be able to determine the causes of plane crashes. Commercial trucks also have a ‘black box’ called the electronic control module (ECM). ECMs are onboard computers that control and monitor engines, transmissions and braking systems. Depending on the type of truck involved, ECMs can record varying information. For example, some ECMs can record truck speed, time driven, clutch use, cruise control status and sudden stops. If a trucker were to cause an accident, his or her ECM might show the truck was speeding at…
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