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Truck accidents can be caused by many factors

West Virginia motorists may be surprised to learn that number of annual truck accidents is on an upward trend. Public perception often rests of the aggressive behavior of truck drivers, who many assume drive recklessly and cause these accidents. However, there are a variety of factors that result in truck accidents, including human error on the parts of both truck drivers and car drivers.

DOT decides not to pursue proposed rule changes

Freight companies in West Virginia and throughout the country are unlikely to be required to use speed limiters on their trucks in the near future. This is because the Department of Transportation announced that it would not seek rules to make them mandatory. The proposed rule had lost support under the Trump administration, which has been reluctant to impose new regulations. It had also lost support within the trucking industry over the past year.

Fatal truck accidents are on the rise according to FMCSA report

Deadly accidents involving large buses and semi-tractor trailers are becoming more common around the country according to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The federal safety agency's report reveals that 4,311 commercial trucks and buses were involved in fatal accidents in 2015, some of which took place in West Virginia. This figure represents an 8 percent year-over-year increase. The large truck involvement rate, which tracks how many accidents tractor-trailers are involved in for each 100 million miles traveled, also increased by 8 percent in 2015 according to the report.

Training standards set for new truck drivers

Many West Virginia motorists have likely come across accidents involving large trucks. In an attempt to improve overall safety on the road, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established standards for new truck driver training. The rule setting the standards was finally enacted later than expected due to delays resulting from the Trump administration's regulatory review.

Cargo safety is the focus of International Roadcheck

Trucking companies and semi-tractor trailer drivers in West Virginia and around the country may be wise to check that their vehicles are properly loaded before setting out between June 6 and June 8 as the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that cargo safety will be the focus of this year's International Roadcheck safety blitz. The nonprofit group organizes the annual initiative to protect road users from unsafe trucks and buses, and the results of previous efforts indicate that federal inspectors will order thousands of dangerous commercial vehicles off the road during the 72-hour-long event.

Lawmakers call on DHSS to issue drug testing guidelines

Five U.S. senators including West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin have called on the Department of Health and Human Services to issue guidelines for conducting drug tests on hair samples. The lawmakers say that the Department of Transportation cannot introduce new drug testing protocols for the nation's truck drivers until the guidelines are in place. Congress is growing impatient because the DHSS was given one year to finalize hair testing guidelines in December 2015 when President Obama signed the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act into law.

Safety group suggests side underride guards for trucks

West Virginia motorists might be safer if large trucks have both rear and side underride guards according to crash tests done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in the spring of 2017. In two crash tests, the IIHS had a passenger car collide with a 53-foot dry van trailer in the center. In the first test, the trailer had a side underride guard. In the second test, it had a fiberglass side skirt. The intended function of this skirt was improved aerodynamics and not to protect against an underride.

Fatal trucking crashes in West Virginia

Each year the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration releases a Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report. The 2015 report indicates that the number of accidents that involve large trucks and result in fatalities rose by 8 percent. Large trucks are trucks that weigh at least 10,000 pounds.

Roadcheck inspection blitz will focus on secure cargo

From June 6-8, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be conducting commercial truck safety inspections as part of its International Roadcheck inspection blitz in West Virginia and around the country. For this year's inspections, the CVSA will focus on the importance of cargo securement. This is a regular part of Level I inspections, but the CVSA wants to emphasize how it important it is.

Company seeks to advance autonomous truck tech

West Virginia residents may be familiar with autonomous car technology. Now, a California company is developing a system that allows trucks to be driven remotely from an office. The goal is to increase driver safety and make the truck driving position a more appealing one. If the system is fully implemented, it may allow drivers to spend more time at home as opposed to on the road.

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