Commercial motor vehicle drivers in Kentucky and across the U.S. face a number of safety hazards on the road, and one of them is their own drowsiness. Studies show that being awake for 18 consecutive hours is like having a BAC of .08; in other words, drowsy driving is similar to drunk driving in its effect. With the tips below, truckers may avoid this danger and keep both themselves and others safe.
Sleep apnea affects approximately 4% of people living in Kentucky and across the United States. However, studies show that a whopping 35% of truck drivers may suffer from the condition, which can lead to drowsy driving.
Many people are entertained when they see dangerous stunts performed on television. People are often portrayed as living on the edge. When it comes to highway safety, though, Kentucky residents know that pushing it to the edge leads to disastrous consequences. Here are the top three reasons why truck crashes happen.
Some people believe that jackknifing is inevitable in dangerous situations, like when braking hard. Nevertheless, steps can be taken to prevent jackknifing among 18 wheelers and trucks that are pulling boats, trailers and other loads. Kentucky residents should become familiar with these steps in order to avoid accidents.
When an accident occurs involving a commercial vehicle and a passenger vehicle, those in the passenger vehicle are more likely to get hurt. Therefore, it's important for all drivers to understand why large vehicles get into accidents. In some cases, wrecks occur because the truck is not properly maintained. This could result in worn brake pads or other serious issues with the vehicle that can make it harder to control.
In 2017, 4,102 people died in crashes involving large trucks on roads in Kentucky and throughout America, and this was a 29% increase since 2009. According to government data, 68% of those who died were occupants of passenger vehicles while another 14% were either pedestrians or people on motorcycles. The number of fatal accidents involving large trucks is three times the rate of fatal accidents overall.
Even if they have never been involved in an accident, people who live in Kentucky know that motor vehicle accidents can and do happen on a rather regular basis. While a good number of accidents may not cause serious harm to any people, other accidents change lives forever in the blink of an eye. Lifelong injuries and disabilities or even fatalities impact not only those directly involved but their family member, friends, employers and more.
Kentucky residents who share the road with truck drivers also may experience some of the unique risks associated with trucks. Today, we at the Law Office of Richard Hay will examine the impact of fatigue on truck drivers and how it can in turn impact you.
An accident involving a large truck can be devastating, no matter how many people were involved. However, it is even more terrifying and dangerous when a truck crash involves another large passenger vehicle, such as a bus. With many large trucks and buses traveling along Kentucky’s highways, serious accidents sometimes occur.
It is virtually impossible to travel Kentucky’s roadways and not encounter commercial trucks, but that does not make sharing the road with these heavy, oversize vehicles any less anxiety-inducing for motorists. While semi-trucks present certain dangers simply because they are so large, which can make them difficult to see or navigate around, they can prove substantially more dangerous when their drivers abuse substances while driving them.