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Operation Safe Driver Week is a safe driving awareness initiative held in July by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA). It is aimed at improving driving behaviors through traffic enforcement strategies and interaction with law enforcement. Speeding was the focus of this year’s Operation Safe Driver Week. More than 28,000 commercial vehicles were pulled over from July 11 through July 17, 2021. Law enforcement officers in the U.S. issued 4,420 warnings and 3,158 citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers, as reported in the Commercial Carrier Journal (CCJ).
To increase safe driving with deliveries, Amazon has installed AI surveillance cameras in many of its delivery vans and in the vehicles of delivery subcontractors. These Netradyne camera systems use HD lenses to film from all four sides. The systems use AI method-supported software to detect potentially dangerous situations and to warn or correct delivery drivers by voice. For example, the automated voice warns the Amazon delivery person if he or she is too close to the vehicle ahead, driving too fast, engaging in distracted driving, or has failed to stop at a stop sign.
Airbags have saved thousands of lives over the years, protecting drivers and passengers from serious injuries or death – but what about when the airbag fails to deploy? All vehicles are required to have dual airbags in the front of the vehicle. The newest vehicles are also equipped with side airbags. When a collision occurs, the airbag is supposed to instantly inflate, taking only 20 to 30 milliseconds, enough time to protect a driver or passenger from impacts. As a safety feature, airbags are a top performer, but as human-made devices, could fail.
High-powered semi-trucks are complex machines that utilize a variety of parts, devices, and components to transport thousands of pounds of cargo across the country. If one part is defective, it can jeopardize the entire operation and result in a catastrophic crash, ranging from hitch failures to brake failures. These cases require an in-depth investigation to determine how a truck’s parts failed and who is responsible for it.
“Stacked” auto insurance is a combination of uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. This type of insurance allows you to gain a higher level of protection if you are injured in an accident – but it is a little more costly. Texas allows for stacked insurance, which permits you to add together the value of more than one type of coverage, or your coverage and a family member’s coverage.
E-Bikes are becoming a favored way to get around in Dallas, but these handy vehicles come with some serious risks. Any e-bike rider is required to follow the rules of the road, and is subject to several specific Texas bike laws.
Nothing beats jumping into a swimming pool on a hot summer day, but if it leads to a serious injury, there are several questions that need to be asked. Who owned the pool? How deep was it? Did the owner post a depth sign? Depending on the answers, you or your loved one may be able to recover compensation for an injury.
The trucking industry often touts how easy it is to start driving commercially while also bragging about how experienced its drivers are. The truth is that truck drivers must complete several government-mandated tests, screenings, and background checks before they get behind the wheel of a big rig. Even then, drivers must agree to regular and random testing throughout their career to ensure they are fully qualified to haul cargo.
The spinal cord is the central nervous system of the body, carrying messages from the brain to the entire body. The nerve tissue of the cord runs from the base of the skull and down the center of the back, surrounded by the bones of the back, which provide protection. A rear-end collision poses a danger to the healthy function of this critical body system.
Anytime a big rig is mishandled, there is a high chance it will end up in a catastrophic accident. Truckers need to be focused, experienced, and prepared to respond to dangerous road conditions at all times. While truck drivers are trained to handle themselves on long highway roads or packed city streets with smaller cars, they must also pay attention to the safety of motorcycle riders. As the least-protected group on the road, bikers are frequently disrespected by other drivers, and that bias has contributed to numerous fatal collisions.