This blog has previously alluded to the fact that many truckers who pass through the New Orleans area are subject to federal hours of service regulations, which are also commonly referred to as the "rest rules."
A previous post talked about how March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. Thus, this is a good time to remember the victims of serious head injuries. New Orleans, Louisiana, residents who suffer from brain injuries often have to go through a lot, simply to function in daily life. And, even more so, just to be able to return to work and support their families.
Because they weigh more than cars, it takes additional time an energy to bring a semi-truck to an emergency stop than it does so with respect to a passenger vehicle. With this additional time comes a longer stopping distance.
A large truck "jackknifes" when some or all of its wheels lose traction on the road, causing the trailer on the truck to head in one direction, while the tractor or cab of the truck, either continues along its intended course or veers off in another direction.
A previous post on this blog discussed how federal regulations are in place to prevent federally regulated truck drivers from using their cell phones while they operate their vehicles.
People in and around New Orleans probably recognize that distracted driving can be a real problem on Louisiana's roadways. Those who have seen someone trying to drive while they are talking on or using their cell phones know that they tend to drift in their lanes, not stop and engage in other dangerous behavior unwittingly.
Semi-truck traffic is common on the roadways in New Orleans. Victims of truck accidents are more likely to sustain serious injuries or be fatally injured in a truck accident than other types of accidents. The size disparity between semi-trucks and passenger vehicles can result in catastrophic injuries and accidents. Injuries that can be suffered in a truck accident can include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones or soft tissue injuries which can have long-term consequences for victims.
A Louisianan-trucking log is an important method of verifying that a truck driver is abiding by trucking regulations that are in place to help keep the driving public safe. Truck drivers spend long hours on the road and truck driver fatigue and lack of attention to the road, as a result can be a concern. Truck drivers are regulated by the United States Department of Transportation, which sets limits for the numbers of hours truck drivers can spend behind the wheel of a truck without a break.
Truck accidents are serious accidents that can cause catastrophic injuries and death to victims. Serious injuries that can result from truck accidents can include brain injuries and spinal cord and back injuries. Because of the size disparity of semi-trucks compared to passenger vehicles they share the roadways with, victims of truck accidents hit in a passenger vehicle are more likely to sustain serious injuries than in some other types of accidents.