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Truck Accidents Archives

CVSA to hold brake inspection event

Drivers of commercial trucks in North Carolina and the rest of the country should be aware of the Brake Safety Week to be held by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. During the week-long event, which begins on September 16, truck inspectors will be increasing their enforcement efforts.

Trucking accidents can cause severe injuries

North Carolina drivers may be worried about the injuries that can accompany truck accidents. Collisions with these massive vehicles can cause serious problems for vehicle drivers and passengers. Indeed, up to 97 percent of those killed in crashes involving large trucks and passenger vehicles are the people inside the smaller vehicles. Even when everyone survives a crash, severe injuries could result.

FMCSA publishes report on 2016 truck crash trends

While safety measures and technology have kept truck crash fatality rates relatively low for the past two decades, there is still a lot more to be done. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, 2016 saw a 3 percent increase in fatal truck crashes. This came down to 233 more deaths and 139 more large trucks involved in accidents. North Carolina motorists want to know more about the common factors in these accidents.

Coalition aims to reduce deaths on the road

For many drivers in North Carolina, the road can be a dangerous place. In 2016, 37,461 people lost their lives in U.S. roadway accidents. This was 5.6 percent more than the year before. However, a coalition of 675 experts, government agencies and industry participants is working to change this. The Road to Zero Coalition aims to reduce traffic deaths to zero by the year 2050. In a report issued in April, the coalition lays out the steps it recommends to help improve safety on American roads.

Study highlights causes of commercial trucking accidents

Every year in North Carolina and across America, 15 million commercial tractor-trailers carry the vast majority of the nation's goods used around the country. It's no surprise given the volume of trucks on the road that trucking accidents are a regular occurrence. Unfortunately, statistics show the frequency of those accidents is increasing.

Government attempts to detect drowsy drivers challenged

For drivers in North Carolina and across the country, truck driver fatigue caused by sleep apnea is both a major public health concern as well as a direct worry for its potential to lead to devastating trucking accidents. Because of the size, weight and mass of large trucks, collisions involving these vehicles can carry especially serious consequences. To prevent these types of collisions, the federal government has put in place a series of regulations that attempt to detect those at risk for drowsy driving.

FMCSA petitioned for change to truckers' 14-hour clock

Commercial truck drivers in North Carolina may remember the reforms that were instituted back in 2013 regarding hours of service. Though Congress has scrapped the rules that 34-hour restarts include two early morning periods and these restarts are limited to once a week, there was one rule that was never eliminated: the requirement that one 30-minute break is taken within the first eight hours of duty time each day.

The danger of overloaded trucks

When traveling the roads of North Carolina, drivers may want to be on the lookout for trucks carrying heavy loads. Overloaded trucks can make it more difficult for the truck driver to control the vehicle; in fact, overloading is one of the leading causes of truck accidents.

How medical conditions affect truck driver safety

North Carolina truckers tend to suffer from issues like high blood pressure, lower back pain, diabetes, and heart disease, as their lifestyle naturally demands that they sit for long hours, sleep only when they can, and eat at the most convenient places, not the healthiest. While most trucking companies will pull a driver for a serious health condition, most do not consider the way that multiple conditions interact and affect driver performance.

Thursday and Friday deadliest days for truck accidents

Like most workers in North Carolina, truck drivers experience more fatigue at the end of the work week. Perhaps unsurprisingly, accident data has revealed that Thursday is consistently the top day for truck driver fatalities. Friday comes in second place for deadly crashes that involve commercial vehicles.