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Drug and alcohol problems among truckers are too common

Reno residents might think that since truck drivers need to go through extra training in order to operate their commercial vehicles safely, they would never think of getting behind the wheel of their big rigs while drunk or on drugs. Unfortunately, drunk and drugged truck driving is still too common on the highways of both Nevada and other states. Among the almost 52,000 drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2016, about 4,150 were operating a large commercial truck at the time. Of those, 84, or a little over 2 out of 100, of these drivers had over .08 blood alcohol content at the time of the accident, making them legally drunk.

Police still investigating Interstate 80 pileup

Police are still investigating a pileup that happened in the Reno are on Interstate 80 recently. This truck accident involved several vehicles and also involved a truck flipping over on to its side. The truck obstructed one direction of freeway traffic. The truck also lost its load of canned goods and leaked some fuel because of the accident.

Truck jackknife accidents are preventable

For those who are not familiar with the term, a large commercial truck "jackknifes" when the wheels on its trailer move in one direction while the cab of the truck continues to move in another direction, thereby causing the trailer to swing to one side of the road or the other. When a truck jackknifes, the trailer can easily slam into unsuspecting motorists in the vicinity, possibly sweeping them off the road in the process.

Why federal trucking regulations matter after accidents

As this blog has discussed on previous occasions, there are many laws and regulations that many truckers who travel in or through Nevada have to follow. By way of example, some of these laws ban truckers from using cell phones while driving, and others require truckers to pull over and rest for a while after being on the road for a certain number of hours.

Truck drivers may not use cell phones while driving

Distracted driving is a serious problem for the Reno drivers who engage in the dangerous practice as well as those who must be on the roads at the same time as them. While certain forms of distractions are prohibited for drivers of personal vehicles, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has also issued restrictions on the use of cell phones by truck drivers. Those restrictions prohibit truckers from holding cell phones to make calls, dialing numbers with their hands or having to alter their sitting position in order to reach for cell phones.

Who do I sue if I am injured in a truck accident?

Large trucks and cargo vehicles travel through Reno each day, carrying goods to the stores where residents shop and purchase their wants and needs. While most trucks get to their destinations without any accidents or issues, others are involved in collisions that put Nevada residents' lives at risk. When a person is hurt from an accident with a semi or other large commercial vehicle they may not know how to pursue the damages they need to get their life back on track.

Truck accident victims may pursue compensation for their losses

The law firm of Bradley, Drendel & Jeanney is committed to representing victims of personal injury accidents in and around Reno, Nevada. The attorneys of the firm, in cooperation with the compassionate and professional staff that serves their clients, are available to work with new clients who have suffered serious and life-altering harm at the hands of others.

Tired truck drivers are a danger to other motorists

Readers of this Reno personal injury legal blog have probably experienced this situation: while driving down the road, their attention may start to wander as their eyelids begin to feel a little heavy. When exhaustion begins to influence one's ability to drive, most individuals stop their vehicles, take a break from driving and either rest or engage in other activities that may stimulate their attention and make it once again safe for them to operate their cars.

How much insurance must be carried for truck accidents?

Most Nevada drivers are probably aware that the law requires them to carry insurance coverage for their vehicles. That is, they are not allowed to drive on the public streets unless they can show they have at least, a minimum amount of automobile liability insurance.

Effects of Reno truck accident injury lasts for years

Thinking about the possible dangers that could befall one out on our roads and highways, what comes to mind? One big danger is semi-trucks, and other commercial trucks that can be involved in truck accidents. Truck accidents cause serious injuries or even death to Reno motor-vehicle drivers and their passengers. While the event itself is terrifying enough, it generally does not end there. Serious injuries can negatively affect a person's life for years and in different ways.

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