March 15th, 2016
Michigan Truck Accident Statistics
The Office of Highway Safety Planning Michigan Traffic Crash Facts provides that in 2011:
- There were 10,885 accidents involving commercial trucks.
- There were 73 truck accident deaths.
- There were 1,903 truck accident injuries.
Truck Driver Coercion in Michigan
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety  Administration (FMCSA), coercion occurs when a motor carrier, shipper, receiver, or transportation intermediary threatens to withhold work from, take employment action against, or punish a truck driver for refusing to operate in violation of hours-of-service and other safety regulations. The FMCSA reports that economic pressure in the motor carrier … Read More Posted In: Truck Accidents
December 8th, 2015
In 2013, there were more than 10.5 million large commercial vehicles registered in the United States. These trucks travel the highways on a daily basis to transport materials and goods to store, factories, construction sites, and more. Though commercial vehicles part an important role in the economy, they also present a serious risk of catastrophic injuries to other motorists.
According to statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),1 approximately 95,000 individuals sustained serious injuries in accidents involving large commercial trucks in only one year. In addition, almost 4,000 truck accident victims did not survive their … Read More Posted In: Truck Accidents
November 10th, 2015
Large commercial trucks are an important part of the economy, however, these trucks also come with substantial risks. When a semi-truck that weighs up to 80,000 pounds crashes into a small passenger vehicle, the occupants of the passenger vehicle commonly suffer catastrophic injuries and many victims do not survive their injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),1 nearly 4,000 individuals died in commercial truck accidents in a single year in the U.S.
Following the loss of a spouse, parent, or child, surviving family members often feel shocked and helpless. They will understandably want justice for their … Read More Posted In: Truck Accidents
August 31st, 2015
Deciding to drive after using drugs or drinking too much alcohol is dangerous for anyone. Driving under the influence of substances becomes significantly more dangerous, however, if the vehicle being driven is a large commercial semi-truck. These trucks are ten times the size of most passenger vehicles and can weigh 20-30 times more.1 If an impaired truck driver loses control, devastating collisions and catastrophic injuries can occur.
Substance abuse in the trucking industry
Using illegal drugs and driving a truck while intoxicated are strictly prohibited by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations.2 If fact, … Read More Posted In: Truck Accidents
August 5th, 2015
Any time a large, 80,000 pound commercial truck collides with a small passenger vehicle, the resulting injuries can be catastrophic. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that nearly 100,000 individuals suffered injuries in commercial truck accidents in a single year in 2013. One particularly dangerous type of truck accident is a forward collision, wherein a large semi-truck collides into the back of a vehicle driving in front of the truck. Forward collisions can result in severe and often fatal injuries to occupants of the front vehicle.
The risk of override accidents
When a forward collision occurs, it may … Read More Posted In: Truck Accidents
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