What To Do If An Amazon Truck Hits Your Car

  • June 14, 2023
  • Evans/Reilley

Amazon's national footprint and business influence in the United States are unrivaled. Their drivers are everywhere, providing next-day and, occasionally, same-day delivery. The constant pressure to achieve delivery quotas and deliver the package to the correct address on time might cause them to become inattentive, weary, and even negligent. Injuries sustained in an Amazon delivery vehicle collision can rapidly complicate a situation. You should be aware that your actions (or inactions) immediately after an accident might significantly impact any claims you could bring. The first step in protecting your rights and getting the compensation you deserve is to hire a lawyer for the accident with an Amazon truck driver. The driver's rela[...]

What To Do When a UPS Truck Hits My Car

  • March 28, 2022
  • Evans/Reilley

What To Do If a UPS Truck Hits Your Car Car Accidents Are Always Stressful The sight of a UPS truck may bring a smile to your face. If it’s heading to your house it means that your delivery is imminent. Even if you just spot one on the road, someone is likely getting something they have ordered. That’s good news, right? Unfortunately, deliveries do not always go smoothly, and, as with most motor vehicles, sometimes accidents happen. While car accidents, in general, are upsetting, getting hit by a truck is particularly traumatizing. We have all seen the brown and yellow UPS trucks on the roads and know that they are considerably larger than our personal vehicles. The impact from accidents with a UPS truck is considerable - [...]

CMV Inspections Reveal Hours-Of-Service Struggles in Trucking

  • November 26, 2018
  • Evans/Reilley

A fatigued driver is an unsafe driver. That’s the rationale behind the Hours of Service (HOS) rules that apply to the trucking industry. These rules, set in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (a division of the federal Department of Transportation), dictate how many consecutive hours a driver is allowed to drive his vehicle, as well as how long and how frequent his breaks must be. The goal, stated by the FMCSA, is “to keep fatigued drivers off the public roadways” and make sure that drivers stay awake and alert while driving. However, Hours of Service violations continue to be common among commercial truck drivers, and some in the industry are pushing for change. "Today's truckers have never faced more reg[...]

Big Risks for Big Rigs: Why Are Fatal Large Truck Crashes Increasing?

  • August 20, 2018
  • Evans/Reilley

Every day, tractor-trailers share the roads with cars, pickups, and SUVs. But what some tractor-trailers don't share is the advanced safety technology that helps the passenger vehicles stay accident-free. According to Consumer Reports, research shows that safety features currently available in passenger cars, such as a forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB), are reducing crashes as they become more available. Now, experts are wondering if those features could help curb a disturbing trend: the increase in deaths in crashes involving large trucks. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37,461 people died on the road in 2016, the last year for which statistics are available [...]

Truckers’ Health Problems Create Roadway Risks

  • February 17, 2017
  • Evans/Reilley

Long hours, poor diet, a lack of exercise, and irregular sleep patterns put truckers at risk for a variety of illnesses. In fact, the occurrence of diabetes among truck drivers is 50 percent higher than it is in the general population. When managed well, diabetes alone may not interfere with a trucker’s ability to drive safely. But some complications of this illness can make driving dangerous, and when a truck driver also has another health problem, such as hypertension, the risks increase for being involved in a crash. A recent study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine revealed that among all truck drivers, the rate of crashes with injuries was 29 per 100 million miles traveled. Drivers with thre[...]

Unsecured Loads Cause Accidents

  • August 7, 2015
  • Evans/Reilley

Many drivers have had the unnerving experience of driving behind a truck that unexpectedly drops debris. It could be a gravel truck that sheds a pebble just large enough to crack your windshield, or a semi-trailer that suddenly sheds its cargo, creating a roadway obstacle course. Trucks carrying unsecured loads can cause minor dings and dents, along with serious injuries. But it’s not just big rigs that are causing unsecured-load injuries. Many overloaded pick-up trucks, along with cars carrying improperly secured items, are responsible for these types of crashes. If you or a loved one has been involved in such an incident, it's essential to consult with an experienced Austin truck accident lawyer who can provide you with the legal[...]

Sleep Deprivation and Accidents

  • May 13, 2015
  • Evans/Reilley

There’s a reason Starbucks is so successful: Many people rely on coffee to get through the day, because they aren’t getting enough sleep. But while caffeine may increase alertness for a short time, it’s no substitute for a good night’s sleep. Without adequate sleep, people may become clumsy, forgetful, irritable, and they may have impaired reaction time and concentration. People who go to work tired often make careless mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes can have serious consequences. In 2004, about 60 miles north of Dallas, a tired truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, and his rig crossed a median and struck two vehicles, killing 10 people. Sleep deprivation was also cited as a factor in the 1979 nuclear accident at Thre[...]