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DOT Inspector General to Audit FMCSA’s Medical Certification Program 

According to recent data from the Department of Transportation (DOT), there was an 11 percent increase in fatal truck accidents from 2012 to 2017. In response to this concerning spike in fatalities, the DOT Inspector General will be conducting an audit of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) medical certification program, to ensure that » Read More

FMCSA May Consider a More Flexible Hours of Service Proposal

Drowsy driving is a serious problem in the trucking industry due to long hours behind the wheel and tight deadlines imposed on drivers. A 12-month, split sleeper berth pilot program was created in order to collect safety information about drivers who split their sleeper berth time, rather than spend ten consecutive hours in the sleeper » Read More

Lack of Truck Parking Options Creates Safety Concerns  

When a truck driver is nearing the end of a shift or needs to pull over to take a much-needed nap, it can be extremely challenging to find a safe and convenient place to park the rig. Metro areas with heavy traffic are particularly challenging, but according to a safety official from the Federal Highway » Read More

Safety Officials Express Concern Over Rise in Truck Occupant Fatalities

Due to the massive size of large commercial trucks, they can cause serious property damage and devastating injuries when they are involved in a traffic accident. In most cases, it is the occupants of the passenger vehicles that suffer the most severe, often fatal injuries. However, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), » Read More

Dangers of Driving in a Truck’s Blind Spots

Driving on a busy highway means sharing the road with other vehicles, including large, commercial trucks. Driving next to one of these massive vehicles can be a bit intimidating due to the sheer size and weight of the truck compared to the average passenger vehicle. In fact, according to the United States Department of Transportation » Read More

Reaching for a Dropped E-Cigarette Causes Fatal Accident

One moment of distraction ended in tragedy in early January when a semi-truck driver rear-ended a farm tractor after momentarily taking his eyes off the road to reach for the electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) he had dropped. Unfortunately, the tractor driver suffered severe injuries, and died after being airlifted to a nearby hospital. The truck driver » Read More

The Deadly Consequences of Drowsy Driving

Commercial truck drivers are often under a great deal of pressure to meet tight deadlines. This means that they frequently drive long hours at a time, often through the night. This can be a recipe for disaster if the driver is unable to get enough sleep. According to statistics, close to 4,000 people were fatally » Read More

Rearview Cameras May Improve Truck Safety

One of the dangers associated with big commercial trucks is that they have large blind spots. When a passenger vehicle is driving right next to, or directly behind the truck, the truck driver may not see that vehicle. This can be dangerous if the truck driver tries to change lanes or comes to an abrupt » Read More

Legislation for Life-Saving Underride Protection Slow to Pass

There are few traffic accidents that are more devastating and destructive than truck accidents. The average passenger vehicle does not stand much of a chance against an 80,000-pound tractor trailer. While most truck accidents cause massive property damage and serious injuries, underride collisions are particularly deadly, because the car ends up underneath the truck, and » Read More

Truck Accidents Caused by Falling Sheets of Ice

If you live in the northeastern United States, you know how hazardous the roads can become when they are covered in ice or snow. If you cannot avoid driving, you know how important it is to drive slowly, and use extra caution in case of black ice or other slick surfaces during the winter. After » Read More