The trucking industry has faced a driver shortage for some time now. Many companies struggle to find qualified and experienced drivers to fill open positions. This shortage could explain why some businesses do not work as hard as they could to make sure that they are not hiring an unfit truck driver. An investigation into a recent accident inspired the National Transportation Safety Board to push for tighter screening and adherence to existing regulations about driver conduct.
Truck regulations can have an impact on a great many things, from traffic safety to the economy. So, trucking regulations sometimes become the focus of heated debate. Such a debate has come up here in Texas regarding regulations on truck weight.
Among the things that could be factors in a truck accident and its aftermath are what the truck was carrying and how the cargo was handled. There are certain types of cargo that could have special safety risks.
Video camera technology has developed considerably over the years. These developments have made it so video cameras are all over the place in our world, particularly with the video-taking abilities of smartphones. So, when motor vehicle accidents occur, the accident is sometimes caught on tape. Such video could have considerable impacts in compensation matters related to the crash. So, one thing that building a personal injury case in the wake of a traffic crash can involve is the review and analysis of video evidence.
Bad weather conditions can make things more dangerous out on the roads. Additionally, there are certain things that can make the roads particularly hazardous in such conditions. One is drivers of 18-wheelers and other large commercial trucks acting carelessly.
Among the things it is critical for truck companies and their drivers to do is ensure that the loads their trucks are carrying are properly secured. If they fail to, it could result in the load falling from a truck when the truck is out on the road, turning that load into dangerous road debris.
An economy recovering after a difficult stretch can obviously have lots of beneficial effects. However, periods of recovery can also have their less positive aspects. A recent study points to increased fatal commercial truck crashes being one such possible negative implication.
Harris County’s roads are shared by a lot of different kinds of vehicles. This includes commercial vehicles, such as commercial 18-wheelers.