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FMCSA Focusing on Truck Drivers’ Hours of Service

Since December of 2017, when the deadline to comply with the electronic logging devices (ELD) mandate was passed, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has received 10 petitions from trucking groups who are seeking exemptions from the rule. ELDs ensure that truck drivers follow the hours of service (HOS) rule, which helps prevent devastating » Read More

New Rule Helps Diabetic Truck Drivers Get Behind the Wheel Sooner

For years, there has been an ongoing debate about whether truck drivers who are diabetic and taking insulin should be allowed to operate a commercial truck. In November, a final ruling became effective that will make it easier for diabetic drivers to get a job while successfully managing their condition. The rule eliminates the need » Read More

When Fog and Low Visibility Result in Truck Accidents

Driving a large, commercial truck is nothing like driving a passenger vehicle. The massive size and weight of these vehicles make them difficult to navigate, and the length of the cargo trailers means that they have large blind spots. As such, when other vehicles are either driving directly behind, or next to the truck, the » Read More

Some Truckers Risk Safety to Meet Deadlines

In 2017, fatal truck accidents rose to their highest level in nearly three decades. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 4,761 fatal large truck accidents nationwide that year, up nine percent from 2016. While trucking industry experts do not always agree on the reason for the rise in truck-related deaths, » Read More

FMCSA to Examine the Impact of Driver Schedules on Drowsy Driving

Drowsy driving is a serious issue in the trucking industry, and is the reason behind many devastating truck accidents that have occurred in recent years. In an effort to address this problem and prevent future truck accidents, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) plans to conduct a study on how truck drivers’ schedules impact » Read More

Truck Accidents – An Unexpected Hazard of Holiday Travel

As the holiday season quickly approaches, roads tend to get busier and more congested, thanks to the spike in retail shopping and the number of people who travel this time of year. In fact, according to the Bureau of Travel Statistics, over 90 percent of holiday travelers travel by car to get to their destination. » Read More

Making Existing Safety Technology a Requirement

There is no question that truck accidents are some of the most devastating traffic collisions that occur on roads and highways across the country. Because of the massive size and weight of large commercial trucks, it is almost always the occupants of the passenger vehicles that suffer the most devastating injuries. According to recent data » Read More

Truck Accidents Caused by Wide Turns

If you have ever watched a large commercial truck try to navigate a right-hand turn, a left-hand turn, or a U-turn, you know that it has a very wide turning radius due to the massive size and length of the truck. Because of the amount of space needed for the truck to make the turn, » Read More

Spike in Fatal Truck Accidents in 2017

Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) collects data on the number of people killed in traffic accidents ranging from car accidents to motorcycle accidents to truck accidents. The annual report compiled for 2017 indicated a rise in fatal truck accidents, which was in contrast to almost every other trend. Officials from the » Read More

New Regulations Allow Drivers with Diabetes to Operate Commercial Motor Vehicles

In September, the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that drivers with a stable insulin regimen, or properly controlled insulin-treated diabetes mellitus (ITDM), are now permitted to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. This gives individuals with diabetes the opportunity to earn a decent living driving a truck, while » Read More