Truck drivers in West Virginia and around the country perform a challenging job that often requires long hours, and their health could impact their ability to drive safely according to a study conducted by a medical university. The researchers examined the medical records of almost 50,000 commercial drivers and compared their health conditions to data about their accidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the U.S. saw a 7 percent rise in fatal car accidents from 2015 through 2016. The elevated number of fatalities during that year exceeded all other one-year increases in the past 50 years. West Virginia motorists in the millennial age group may have played a part in this increase.
People who train truck drivers in West Virginia will need to navigate an uncertain regulatory environment. A 60-day delay imposed by the administration of President Trump on all new federal regulations has pushed the effective date for truck driver training standards out to March 21, 2017. The Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operators established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration might face further delays while under review by administration officials.