The name of the Bonnet Carre Spillway in New Orleans, Louisiana, seemed particularly apt approximately a week ago when a dump truck and an 18-wheeler collided, causing the semi truck's cargo of frozen fish to spill across Interstate 10.
There are many reasons that commercial trucks can pose a threat while on the road. One is the wide turning radius that they require, which can encroach into other traffic lanes and pose a danger to nearby vehicles. That appears to be what occurred very early on Saturday morning in Lettsville, Louisiana, when a car crashed into a truck transporting logs on LA Highway 1, which resulted in the deaths of both of the car's occupants: a man and a woman, ages 35 and 36, respectively.
When you read the paper or watch the news, you may notice that many truck accidents take place on the roads of Lousiana. You may be interested in the crash statistics from 2017 and what they reveal about trends in truck accidents.
A trip that was supposed to take a group of Pentecostal church members from Louisiana to the purported "happiest place on Earth" ended in tragedy when a semi truck collided head-on with their church van, as well as another big truck, killing five children in the group and injuring others, including a pregnant woman. Two truck drivers, including the one who allegedly caused the accident, also lost their lives in the fiery crash that closed part of Interstate 75 in north Florida in both directions.
You may not be aware, but our country is suffering a huge shortage in truck drivers. This affects everyone in Louisiana because we need trucks to drive freight. They stock the shelves in the stores. Without enough trucks, store shelves stay empty. Most of these trucks must travel across state lines. This is where some issues occur. According to The Washington Post, to drive across state lines, the minimum age for a trucker is 21 years old.
People in Louisiana know that the state has strong laws in place regarding drunk or drugged drivers. It can be important for them to also know that the agency that provides oversight to the commercial transportation industry is also developing a program designed to crack down on impaired driving among truckers and other drivers with commercial licenses.
Sharing the road with commercial trucks is an inevitable part of life for residents of Louisiana and the United States, but for many motorists, navigating their way around these large, heavy vehicles can be an anxiety-inducing experience. When cars and trucks collide with one another, the smaller vehicles typically find themselves on the losing end, which is why it is especially important that truck drivers stay sober, drive safely and otherwise exercise care when traveling. There is a hidden danger that appears to be affecting truck drivers’ performances nowadays, however, and it involves the long trucker commute.
We've all been there before: you glance to the car next to you and see the driver with their head down, busy doing this or that. The roads of Louisiana can be dangerous for multiple reasons, and inattentive drivers like them can be a huge contributor.
Like any activity, driving all day can become tiring, and sometimes it can be frustrating to work with other drivers on the road. If you drive a truck in Louisiana, though, it is important for you to make sure you do not become aggressive as you drive.
When you drive a truck in Louisiana, you may love the thought of being out on the road by yourself. However, it is important for you to be a safe driver and this is why there are regulations governing how long you can drive in one day.