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FMCSA reports rise in fatal truck accidents in 2016

As drivers in West Virginia may be aware, commercial truck accidents often lead to fatalities. Unfortunately, the number of such fatal crashes seems to be increasing. The newest data drill-down report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has revealed a 3 percent increase in fatal truck crashes in 2016. There were 4,213 trucks involved in fatal crashes that year, compared to 4,074 trucks the year before.

New tech for fleets to invest in to fight trucker distraction

Data analysis firm Zendrive has found that 60 percent of drivers in West Virginia and across the U.S. get on their phones at least once while behind the wheel with 40 percent using their devices at least once any given hour. While phones account for 26 percent of all collisions, they're not the only distraction for drivers. Even letting one's mind wander constitutes a distraction.

Startup soon to develop software for truckers

With more than 3 million commercial truck drivers carrying 70 percent of the nation's cargo, the trucking industry is a vital part of the economy. It's also a hazardous industry with truckers putting in as much as 70 hours over an 8-day workweek. In fact, there are approximately 100,000 crashes every year due to driver fatigue. Truckers in West Virginia should know, however, that a new software company might soon be able to benefit the industry as a whole.

Road to Zero Coalition seeks to eliminate traffic deaths by 2050

Traffic accident fatalities are a sad reality on West Virginia's highways. Nationally, approximately 100 people die each day in traffic accidents. If a coalition of transportation safety groups is successful, however, that number will be reduced to zero by 2050.

How truck accident victims can settle out of court

In West Virginia, as in every other state, the victim of a truck accident can file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver, or more specifically the company that hired the driver. The litigation process is often prolonged and costly, however, which is why many victims instead try for a settlement out of court. This can be done through alternative dispute resolution methods like negotiations, mediation and arbitration.

Driver error most common cause of truck crashes

West Virginia motorists share their roads with thousands of commercial trucks every day. There are roughly 15 million big trucks in regular use on American roads, and 70 percent of all freight transported in the United States makes at least some portion of its journey by truck. A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and traveling adjacent to one puts regular commuters in passenger vehicles at risk due to the enormous disparity in size and weight.

Common factors in commercial truck accidents

The past 10 years have seen an estimated 20 percent increase in commercial truck accidents in West Virginia and the rest of the U.S. This is an alarming figure, considering how there are more than 15 million commercial trucks on America's roads. The recent Large Truck Crash Causation Study has shown that the majority of accidents are caused by truck driver negligence.

Sleep apnea testing regulations challenged in court

Crashes involving 18-wheelers and semi trucks can be the cause of severe personal injuries, major property damage and even death. In some cases, such accidents in West Virginia are caused by truck driver fatigue. Sleep apnea poses a particular risk when truckers are undiagnosed as the condition can make it difficult to have a restful night's sleep.

OOIDA requests longer work break

Commercial truckers in West Virginia and the rest of the nation may soon be able to have 3 off-duty hours during their 14-hour on-duty work period. The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has submitted a petition to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requesting that the 30-minute rest period currently required by regulations be reversed and that drivers be given up to 3 consecutive hours of break time during their 14-hour work day.

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