Readers have probably noticed that 18-wheelers sit quite a bit higher off the road than other motor vehicles. The gap between the bottom of the trailer and the road is often high enough that a car could fit into it in an auto accident. Drivers and passengers can become trapped in their vehicles during a wreck, possibly increasing their chances of serious injury.
Many intersections have a "no U-turns" sign posted. That is because trying to make a U-turn there could cause a dangerous car accident, as readers already know. It appears that a tractor-trailer driver making an illegal U-turn is responsible for a collision that killed the wife of a North Carolina native and two of their children earlier in August.
Trucking is a difficult job that often requires long hours and days spent away from family. There is frequently pressure to make deliveries as fast as possible so it is not unusual for drivers to take few rest breaks, if any. All too often, the result is a sleep-deprived person operating a huge 18 wheeler around other North Carolina motorists. This situation often leads to deadly truck accidents.
Commercial truck accidents can result in serious injuries and fatalities. Investigations often find that many truck accidents are caused by unsafe commercial vehicles or unsafe truck drivers operating the vehicle. To address the dangers posed by commercial trucks, legislators have proposed a bill that would limit the size and weight of commercial trucks.
A new study has found that over 40 percent of truck drivers in Australia have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder where a person stops breathing throughout the night. Sleep apnea can lead to sleepiness and fatigue during the day due to the nightly disturbance in sleep.