truck accidents Archives

Technology startup hopes to reduce truck driver fatigue

More than 70 percent of the goods used around the country are transported by road, and New York truck drivers work as many as 70 hours during an eight-day workweek to keep up with consumer demand. Road safety statistics reveal that truck driver fatigue plays a role in about 100,000 accidents each year, and many of these crashes are catastrophic in nature because drowsy or sleeping drivers are unable to take evasive action.

FMCSA attempts to reduce truck accidents challenged

Truck accidents can be a serious highway safety concern for drivers in New York and across the United States; collisions that involve 18-wheelers, semi-trucks and other large vehicles may lead to severe injuries and even death due to their large size and mass. One troublesome cause of truck accidents can be truck driver fatigue, leading to drowsy driving or even dozing off behind the wheel.

Truck accident precautions

New York residents might like to know about the latest efforts to make the roads safer when it comes to motor vehicle accidents involving large trucks. When cars crash into tractor-trailers or semis, the vehicles can slide underneath the larger trucks. This is very dangerous and often results in fatalities. A bill proposed on Dec. 9 would require trucks to be equipped with front and side guards to prevent cars from sliding underneath the trucks.

Agency to study excessive commuting by truckers

Commercial truck drivers in New York may want to lend their voices to the comments about a proposed survey by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The survey will pertain to excessive commuting and truck drivers. According to the agency, an excessive commute is one that is longer than 150 minutes.

Trucking companies are often unaware of drivers' drug arrests

Illegal drugs are found in more than 40 percent of truck drivers for whom test results are available, according to a 2015 report by the Governors Highway Safety Association. However, several factors prevent many trucking companies in New York and across the U.S. from receiving any notification that a driver has previously been arrested on drug charges.

What to do after a truck accident

According to federal statistics, truck accidents have been on the rise in recent years. In 2015 alone, there were over 116,000 truck-related accidents across the U.S. Worse, occupants of other, smaller vehicles are at most risk for injury when a truck and passenger vehicle collide. So what can New York readers do if their vehicle is struck by a commercial truck? Safety experts have several tips.

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Motorists in New York and other states may be interested in knowing that the health status of the trucker traveling in the lane next to them could link that driver to an increased likelihood of a crash. Study results released by the University of Utah School of Medicine in early 2017 suggest that commercial drivers who have three or more medical conditions are more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers who do not suffer multiple ailments. Because such truck crashes may negatively impact occupants of other vehicles, a better understanding of the relationship between driver health and the risk of an accident could ultimately lead to an improvement in roadway safety.

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