trucking accidents Archives

Addressing the rise in deaths caused by large trucks

Georgia residents who are concerned about safety when sharing the road with large trucks should be aware that there is no requirement for tractor-trailer and other large trucks to have crash-avoidance technology. This is true despite the fact that there are thousands of crashes involving large vehicles that occur every year and frequent calls for the technology to be a requirement.

CVSA inspection blitz sidelines 11,897 commercial vehicles

Truckers in Georgia likely encountered safety inspectors this past June during a three-day inspection spree organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The alliance puts together multiple inspection events across North America every year to catch unsafe commercial trucks and buses and educate operators about how to comply with trucking regulations. The International Roadcheck conducted 67,502 roadside inspections in June and took 11,897 vehicles out of service because of safety violations.

FMCSA observes rise in fatal truck crashes in 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released a data drill-down report, and its findings should be of interest to drivers in Georgia. The focus of the report was on fatal and non-fatal crashes in 2016 between large trucks and passenger vehicles. It turns out that there was a 3 percent increase in fatal crashes: from 4,094 fatalities in 2015 to 4,317 in 2016. The number of large trucks involved in fatal accidents rose from 4,074 to 4,213.

Avoiding truck accidents with five tips

Across Georgia and the rest of the U.S., thousands of commercial truck drivers are on the roads, working long hours and sometimes exceeding the number of hours allotted to them each day. Truck accidents are all too common, and they also tend to be the most impactful, resulting in catastrophic injuries or death. Below are five ways that trucking companies can help keep their employees and others on the road safe.

Software startup could prove useful to trucking companies

Considering that most of Georgia's freight cargo is carried by commercial vehicles, the trucking industry is a vital part of the economy. Unfortunately, some truckers are prone to accidents. Part of the reason is that many truck drivers work long hours -- as much as 70 hours, in fact, over the course of their eight-day workweek. This means they're often drowsy behind the wheel.

OOIDA seeks rehearing on sleep apnea rule change

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is seeking that the court rehears their charge that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has unlawfully changed the guidelines regarding screening truck drivers for sleep apnea, according to a recent court filing with the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. This case may be of interest to Georgia residents who are concerned about their safety around trucks while on the road.

FMCSA petitioned to revise hours of service rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's hours of service regulations were last revised in 2013, and the safety agency is currently evaluating how making them more flexible would impact road safety. However, it could take years for any proposed changes to overcome bureaucratic hurdles, which groups including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association say is too long. OOIDA believes that the current rules encourage drowsy driving and make the roads in Georgia and across the country more dangerous.

FMCSA to study driver commutes and trucking safety

For many people in Georgia and across the country, driving near a large number of semitrucks and other huge vehicles can be a stressful experience. The impact of a trucking accident can be devastating, especially due to the size and strength of an 18-wheeler. There are plenty of reasons for people to worry about collisions on the road, especially as truckers frequently work long hours behind the wheel and could be subject to drowsiness, distraction or other factors that could cause them to drive dangerously.