causes of truck accidents

Lawmakers Oppose Allowing Longer Commercial Trucks

by Staff Blogger | November 11th, 2015

Many factors can play a role in causing commercial tractor-trailer accidents, but some of the most common causes of truck accidents  are safety violations. A majority of these violations are related to trucks being oversize or overweight.

Considering the number of crashes caused by trucks that are too large, many motorists are now relieved that lawmakers voted against reforms that would allow longer commercial trucks on our roads.

Earlier this week, the U.S. Senate opposed a measure that would increase the legal length of twin commercial truck trailers from 28 feet to 33 feet. Those in favor of the changes argued allowing longer truck trailers would increase the amount of goods that could be moved in a single trip, increasing transportation efficiency and lowering costs. However, opponents of the measure successfully countered those notions, pointing out that longer trucks have been shown to increase the chances of accidents occurring.

According to The Hill, the call for an increase to the length of truck trailers was left off of a recently approved transportation bill, but these changes could be added back to the bill at a later time.

The Nashville truck accident lawyers at Ponce Law applaud the efforts made by lawmakers to keep our highways safe by limiting the size of commercial tractor-trailers.

Investigators Consider Several Possible Causes of Fatal Truck Crash

by Staff Blogger | July 8th, 2015

Two of the most common causes of truck accidents in the United States include safety violations and driver errors. Both are now considered possible contributing factors to a Tennessee truck accident that claimed four lives and left dozens of others injured.

The incident occurred at approximately 7:10 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, along I-75 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Reports indicate traffic was stopped for construction along the highway when a tractor-trailer failed to come to a halt and plowed into a line of other vehicles.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, this isn’t the first accident or run-in with the law that the driver of the tractor-trailer or his employer have had. Documents show the driver was cited for careless driving in Florida the day before the fatal crash in Tennessee. Furthermore, the trucking company has faced numerous safety violations in the past. Some of those charges include failure to properly maintain the brakes on trucks and inaccurate driver logs. During the last two years, the company has failed 37 percent of vehicle inspections.

Trucking rules and regulations are in place to protect all motorists on the road, which is why the Nashville truck accident lawyers at Ponce Law are hopeful an investigation into this recent crash can help determine if safety violations are to blame.