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How Driver Inexperience Contributes to Truck Accidents

By Timothy Bussey on October 22, 2021

In recent years, the need for truck drivers has significantly increased. While good for the trucking industry, the increase has led to many less experienced truck drivers operating commercial trucks on the highways and streets in Colorado Springs and throughout the state.

There is no question that experience is a critical point in whether a driver can operate a commercial truck safely. Semi-trucks, tractor trailers, 18-wheelers, and big rigs – these vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. when fully loaded. They require a long distance to come to a complete stop, and any driver error can lead to a disaster, with innocent people sustaining serious or fatal injuries.

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The Deadly Impact of Cargo Spills

By Timothy Bussey on July 12, 2021

Tanker truck in front of businesses on a sunny dayWe have all driven next to a truck with “Hazardous Material” stamped on its side and felt our whole bodies tense up. Tanker trucks that transport hazardous materials must be handled with great care, as a single mistake by the trucker can cause a devastating accident.

You might assume that these trucks only transport oil, biofuels, and gasoline, but “hazardous materials” can also include everyday products like paint and hairspray. Even with this seemingly harmless cargo, there is still the potential for a deadly cargo spill.

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Garbage Trucks: More Dangerous Than You Think

By Timothy Bussey on April 6, 2021

A city needs garbage trucks in order to run properly. Without them, garbage would pile up, and there would be serious hygiene and health problems in Colorado. However, just because garbage trucks are necessary doesn’t mean they are safe. In fact, garbage trucks are incredibly dangerous to those near them.

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The Dangers of a Truck’s Blind Spots

By Timothy Bussey on January 28, 2021

When you are merging or making a turn, you most likely glance over your shoulder to check your blind spot. A blind spot is the area near the back corner of a car that neither the side nor the rearview mirror can see. This area should always be checked when a driver is changing lanes, otherwise he or she could slam into another car.

What many drivers may not realize, however, is that the blind spots on a commercial truck are much larger — and far easier to get stuck in than your standard passenger vehicle. Anyone who gets behind a wheel should keep the blind spots of big rigs in mind. Otherwise, they may find themselves in a serious accident.

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The Little Box That Could Make Your Truck Accident Case

By Timothy Bussey on May 26, 2020

Truck accidents are among the most dangerous accidents you could find yourself in. 18-wheelers can weigh upwards of 80,000 lbs. and have the size to match their weight. When a passenger vehicle and truck collide, the truck always comes out on top. The end result is catastrophic injuries and property damage for those in the smaller vehicle. Filing a claim against the negligent truck driver and their company can help minimize the financial stress truck accident victims often find themselves under, but winning a claim requires a rigorous investigation and proper evidence.

That is where black boxes come in.

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If You’re in a Truck Accident, Get Ready to Meet the Trucking Company’s Legal Team

By Timothy Bussey on May 29, 2019

The insurers that represent commercial trucking companies employ seasoned and formidable teams of lawyers, whose job is to diminish their client’s culpability for accidents and reduce the amount of money they pay out. To get the compensation you deserve, you’re going to need an equally experienced and skilled legal team fighting for you.

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How Runaway Trucks Endanger Lives on the Road

By Timothy Bussey on February 13, 2019

Colorado’s rugged landscape makes for beautiful scenery, especially when you take a drive down a mountain pass. Unfortunately, this landscape also creates incredibly dangerous conditions for tractor-trailers. In fact, hundreds of articles detail the locations and conditions of what they call Colorado’s most dangerous roads. Some of these roadways include Pikes Peak Highway, Loveland Pass, and Trail Ridge Road.

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If You Feel Fatigued, Do Not Risk Driving on Colorado Roads

By Timothy Bussey on January 5, 2018

The National Sleep Foundation recognizes that drowsy driving is a growing problem in its annual “Drowsy Driving Prevention Week” every November. This nationwide campaign comes as studies have shown that fatigued driving causes a significant number of crashes every year.

Colorado is particularly prone to drowsy driving, due to the long stretches of highway and interstate that connect the major metropolitan areas across the rural areas of the state. In fact, Colorado has one of the highest percentages of fatal accidents caused by tired driving in the nation.

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Holiday Traffic Leads to More Truck Accidents

By Timothy Bussey on December 1, 2017

We’re all accustomed to the increased traffic in Colorado around the holidays. Our state’s highways, train stations, bus terminals, and airports become more congested as travelers head or return home for family gatherings and other engagements.

With more vehicles on our roads, please do yourself and your family a favor and be more careful this holiday season.

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FMCSA Funds Study to Improve Fatigue Rates Among Truck Drivers

By Timothy Bussey on February 9, 2015

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently began funding a study to learn more about the best ways to prevent fatigue in truck drivers. Fatigue is a major cause of truck accidents in Colorado and nationwide.  In the past, the agency has attempted to address fatigue by requiring drivers to limit their total hours on the road per day and to take regular breaks – but the FMCSA and researchers continue to improve these requirements.

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