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Truck Accidents Archives

Understanding trucker hours-of-service limits

If you feel drowsy while behind the wheel, you should stop driving and get some needed rest. Yet what if driving is a primary function of your job? Truckers and commercial vehicle drivers can be subject to the same feelings of fatigue as everyone else, and they may not feel as though they can simply stop driving to rest. The trouble is that, as witnessed in the experience of many of our past Hartford clients here at McCoy and McCoy, drowsy truck drivers can cause untold damage.

Can truck drivers text behind the wheel?

When you think about texting and driving accidents in Connecticut, you may initially think of teenagers. However, drivers of all ages may text behind the wheel, and even professional truckers sometimes check their phones while driving. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there are regulations in place to prevent truckers from using their phones behind the wheel.

Smaller commercial trucks also create a risk

A great deal of attention is often given to the dangers of semi-truck accidents across the country. Large truck accidents are often catastrophic, due to the size and speed of 18-wheelers in relation to smaller vehicle traffic. In contrast, people might not consider the potential dangers of smaller trucks. In 2015, reports the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were eight fatalities in Connecticut involving large trucks. That same year, 27 people in Connecticut lost their lives in accidents involving light utility trucks.

Truck drivers’ health is often at risk

Is has long been known that large trucks, while carrying out a necessary service, can be dangerous for those sharing the road in Hartford and elsewhere. In a truck accident, it is usually the occupants of the smaller vehicles who fare worse. However, the trucking industry can also be dangerous for truck drivers in some unexpected ways.