Just like any other type of vehicle, a commercial truck has to be maintained to remain in good operating condition. It is the job of the truck driver and the owner of the trucking company to ensure this type of maintenance is performed regularly. Over time, a truck will begin to show signs of wear, and without the proper maintenance, it can present a serious hazard when on the road.

Texting and driving is most often referred to ask "distracted driving," and it certainly is. The reason this is a problem is that texting requires a person to look away from the road and at his or her phone. This could take just a second, but it often takes longer. In some cases, people drive hundreds of feet -- the...

The physics are fairly straightforward. The greater the speed of a vehicle, the greater the demands placed on the braking, tires, steering systems and greater the potential damage should the vehicle strike another vehicle or object. When the vehicle in question is an 80,000 lb semi truck, the physics of a crash are frightening indeed. At the end of last month, the...

There are a good deal of regulations on commercial trucking. However, not all truckers are subject to the exact same regulations when out on the roads. One reason for this is that some of the federal regulations put on trucking have some exceptions in them that make it so they don’t apply to certain truck drivers. Among the regulations that...

A Salem woman has won an $800,000 judgment against the city of Salem after a public works employee crashed into the side of the woman's car. But Phyllis Murray said the amount she actually receives won't even pay her medical bills.A Salem woman has won an $800,000 judgment against the city of Salem after a public works employee crashed into...

Some highway crashes are tragic beyond words. Missouri recently witnessed such a crash. A mother, on her way to the hospital to give birth, was struck and killed in a chain-reaction truck crash. A tanker truck struck another SUV, which then crashed the mother's vehicle, caused it to roll over and eject both occupants. She was killed on impact and paramedics...

Those here in Missouri and elsewhere who dedicate their lives to saving others have one of the most difficult and challenging jobs. Emergency responders have to think quickly under extraordinary circumstances. Considering the fact that truck accidents often involve severe and/or fatal injuries, rescue workers are invaluable and could mean the difference between life and death for some of the...

Getting proper treatment for medical conditions one has is always very important. In some instances, getting such treatment can not only be important for the person's health and safety, but the safety of others. A recent study indicates that one such situation is when a truck driver has sleep apnea. The study's subjects were a large group of truck drivers....

Large trucks can vary quite a bit from one another. One way in which they can differ is in what kinds of safety technologies they have in them. Among the types of safety technologies for trucks are active safety technologies. Examples of such technologies include: Anti-lock brakes.Electronic stability control.Lane departure warning systems.Collision mitigation systems.There are some federal rules regarding active safety...

It is something no motorist wants to experience: a driver following them too closely. This type of driver conduct is not only disrespectful, it is also dangerous. When a driver gets too close to a vehicle in front of them, it could greatly up the chances of them hitting that vehicle, as they are cutting their own window of...