One common cause of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles is cargo falling into the roadway from the vehicle’s bed or trailer. Proper securement of cargo is crucial to the safe operation of a heavy truck. When loads shift or spill, the results are often deadly.

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How many of you have seen an accident involving a tractor trailer which has jackknifed on the roadway?  Did you ever stop to think about why this happens?

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What is the impact of trucking accidents?

The United States Department of Transportation recently estimated that over 500,000 truck accidents occur every year. Read more

When we stop to analyze the facts of accidents, all too often we find that they could have and should have been prevented. The following is a list of some of the most frequent causes of motor vehicle accidents involving heavy trucks.

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Watch the actions of drivers.  Report misconduct, violations and poor driving behaviors.

Many trucking companies post 1-800 numbers on their vehicles which permit you to report misconduct and poor driving behaviors.  These are the “how am I doing” hotlines that we see most every day.  If you see a problem, report it!

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The trucking industry is a VERY BIG business in the United States.

What does this have to do with the risks tractor trailers present to us?  
Simple: The pursuit of profit is what motivates big businesses, including the trucking industry. Safe practices cost money and manpower to implement. While cutting safety programs and manpower may increase profits, when big trucking companies cut back on safety, we all lose.

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The Associated Press has now reported that the driver of a truck which caused a horrific crash recently in Southern Missouri and resulted in the deaths of two innocent motorists has been officially charged with involuntary manslaughter.  Read more

The reality and dangers of rear-end crashes involving commercial vehicles surfaced this morning when I, like many other commuters, was stopped in traffic on northbound Interstate 95 in Lawrence Township as a result of a fatal, rear-end collision involving a tractor-trailer and two vehicles.

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A tractor trailer overturned on westbound I-78 in Bethlehem Twp, NJ at approximately 1:00 am on July 18, 2012, when the driver reportedly fell asleep at the wheel.  The reason the driver fell asleep has not been disclosed.  For more information on this accident, and to view pictures from the accident, click here.

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