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Why Did These Four 18-Wheelers Crash Into Each Other?

A crash in late October left two men dead on I-10 in West Baton Rouge Parish. On the afternoon of October 30, the accident happened as eastbound traffic came to a stop due to congestion caused by another accident. The driver of a Peterbuilt 18-wheeler failed to slow down as he approached the upcoming congestion. He smashed into a Freightliner truck, which then was pushed forward into a 2013 International truck. The Freightliner overturned and the 2013 International was pushed forward into a 2016 International truck. The driver and passenger of the first truck were killed. Other involved parties sustained minor to moderate injuries. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. Who Is Liable in Accidents That Involve More than Two Vehicles? Normally, when a vehicle strikes the vehicle ahead of it, the vehicle behind is considered liable. However, when more than two vehicles are involved,…
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Could New Technology Prevent Trucker Fatigue?

Tractor trailers are dangerous. Their large loads and reduced visibility make them difficult to handle, and the long hours truckers work make fatigue an ever-present risk, but could new technology prevent trucker fatigue? Fighting Trucker Fatigue The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is preparing to require all truckers in the U.S. to use electronic safety logs to monitor their on and off hours. This measure is expected to reduce fatigue-related truck accidents since statistics already show that drivers who use electronic logs have 11.7 percent fewer crashes. Are They Considering Other Safety Measures? This new requirement is being coupled with new regulations that will punish trucking dispatchers and companies that coerce their drivers into working longer than federal mandates in order to meet unrealistic deadlines. Punishments for violating these anti-coercion regulations include fines of up to $11,000 and the suspension of a carrier’s operating authority. Lawmakers are also considering speed…
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