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Trucker may be behind deadly pile-up in Florida

West Virginia drivers have good reason to be cautious when sharing the road with commercial truckers. At the start of 2019, there was a chain-reaction crash on I-75 near Gainesville, Florida, that police believe was caused when a semi-truck driver moved left out of the right lane and collided with a passenger vehicle, a 2007 Honda sedan.

Truck accidents place extra burdens on victims

The statistics about commercial truck accidents paint a clear picture of heightened risk. Due to the size and weight of large trucks and 18-wheelers in West Virginia, the consequences of a crash can be immense. A collision with a commercial truck typically leaves a car unusable, and the crash victims often experience injuries that require long recovery times and sometimes result in permanent disability.

Dump and ready-mix concrete truck crashes are rising

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a report out that should be of interest to truck drivers in West Virginia. The trucking industry is plagued with rising accident rates, and it's especially apparent among dump trucks and ready-mix concrete trucks. The report states that serious accidents among these two types of trucks rose 9 and 9.6 percent, respectively, from 2015 to 2016.

Inspection blitz reveals negligent truck maintenance

Drivers in Nevada may be troubled by reports that a significant number of commercial trucks are operating with poorly maintained brakes in violation of safety regulations. Because semi-trucks are so large and heavy, other passengers and drivers in smaller vehicles face a significantly higher risk of serious injury or even death in the case of a truck accident. If a truck's brakes are negligently maintained, the driver may not be able to stop in time in case of an emergency, leading to a catastrophic situation.

Avoiding fatigued and distracted driving

It is an unfortunate fact that hundreds of thousands of truck accidents occur every single year, and many of those collisions are the result of tired and distracted drivers. That is why commercial drivers throughout West Virginia and the rest of the country should stay focused and alert while on the road. A minor distraction can lead to a life-altering collision that every CDL holder must try to avoid at all costs.

As truck crashes rise, some push for rule on crash avoidance tech

More and more people in West Virginia and across the U.S. are dying in large truck crashes. Federal data shows a 28 percent rise in such fatalities from 2009 to 2016. This has led many groups to call for a federal ruling mandating the use of crash avoidance systems on all heavy trucks. The National Transportation Safety Board has been making similar recommendations since the late 1990s.

CVSA orders 11,897 vehicles out of service in Roadcheck spree

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance performed its International Roadcheck blitz of inspections. The blitz, which was held between June 5 and June 7, led to 67,502 inspections conducted on roadsides throughout West Virginia and the rest of North America. The majority of the inspections, 45,400, were categorized as Level I inspections.

FMCSA publishes proposed hours of service revisions

The amount of time that commercial vehicle drivers in West Virginia and around the country can spend behind the wheel is strictly controlled by federal hours of service rules. However, trade groups such as the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association have branded the regulations burdensome and overly restrictive. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration appears to have taken these criticisms seriously as it published a series of proposed hours of service revisions on Aug. 23 in the Federal Register.

How data can reduce distracted driving

Drivers in West Virginia and throughout the country can get distracted by a number of things while operating a car or truck. In some cases, the features of the car itself can prove to be distracting. In others, a tired or bored driver could let his or her mind wander while on the open road. By analyzing data, fleet managers can see how and why actions such as hard braking or acceleration occur.

Advocates want more rest areas to reduce truck driver fatigue

Truckers in West Virginia often count the miles until they can reach a rest area or truck stop when they feel tired. A new study from university researchers has identified a higher rate of trucking crashes caused by driver fatigue when rest areas are 20 or more miles away from accident sites.

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