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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

Research Results Offer Solutions to HOS Regulations Currently Under Review  

In response to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) request for public feedback on four provisions of the Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations, a global technology provider, EROAD, conducted research that offers valuable and relevant input to the FMCSA. The research reflects the opinions of its customer base, and will help the FMCSA make the best » Read More

The Unique Dangers of Semi-Truck Blind Spots

Most vehicles have a blind spot where the driver’s eyes, and the vehicle’s mirrors, cannot see a potential hazard, like a car or motorcycle, passing from behind. However, commercial tractor-trailers have particularly large blind spots, due to the sheer size of the vehicle. When sharing the road with these massive trucks, it is important to » Read More

FMCSA Revisits HOS Rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued the Hours of Service (HOS) regulations in an effort to prevent serious truck accidents caused by driver fatigue. By limiting the amount of consecutive days and hours that a driver is on duty, the hope is that truck drivers avoid drowsy driving. It is important that they » Read More

Sharing the Road with Large Trucks

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there was a 5.4 percent increase in fatal truck accidents from 2015 to 2016. Despite the latest advances in safety technology, these devastating accidents continue to claim the lives of thousands of motorists. There are numerous things that motorists, truck drivers, and the trucking industry can » Read More

Truck Driver Shortage May Mean More Teens Behind the Wheel  

The trucking industry is dealing with a shortage of truck drivers, thanks to the growing number of people who are either leaving the industry or retiring. Unfortunately, there have not been enough qualified entrants to replace the drivers who have left. In fact, the American Trucking Association (ATA) estimates that the United States is short » Read More

Concerns Remain Over Possible CSA Changes  

Officials with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) held a public meeting in August to discuss their proposed changes to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program’s Safety Measurement System (SMS), which identifies motor carriers that are at risk for truck accidents. During the meeting, motor carriers and representatives from various trade organizations took the » Read More

Truck Accidents Attributed to Employer Negligence

When a truck accident occurs, you might automatically assume that the truck driver is responsible. While this is certainly true in many cases, there are instances when their employer or the trucking company is at fault. Truck companies have a responsibility to ensure that their trucks are always safe and well-maintained, and that their employees » Read More