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Bill sponsored by senators aims to reduce fatal truck crashes

A collision between a car and a tractor-trailer can be devastating in any circumstance. Many of the worst injuries come when a car slides under a tractor-trailer. While modern automobiles have many safety features, underride crashes can render many of these features completely worthless.

Overloaded trucks create unsafe conditions on the road

It is well known that overloaded trucks are unsafe to drive. Statistics show that overloaded cargo is a leading cause of trucking accidents, and, year after year, motorists in West Virginia and other states are placed at risk of serious injury or death by truckers whose payloads are unbalanced or overweight. In addition to other safety concerns, overloaded trucks are difficult to handle and have a reduced emergency handling capability, which could ultimately result in a crash.

FMCSA taking comments about proposed study

Truck drivers who spend more than 150 minutes driving to a job site may be labeled as "excessive commuters" by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The agency is currently seeking comment about a survey to find out how many drivers are excessive commuters. It also wants to find out how excessive commuting may have an impact on drivers in West Virginia and elsewhere in the country.

Truckers required to install electronic logging devices

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is mandating that all long-haul trucking companies install electronic logging devices in their trucks. This new system will log and monitor a truck driver's whereabouts as well as facilitate the sharing of a driver's records and duty status. Many truckers in West Virginia and across the U.S. are protesting the mandate, saying that it is a violation of privacy. Others claim that the ELDs will compromise trucker safety.

Truck safety systems could save hundreds of lives each year

Nearly 500 road deaths in West Virginia and around the country could be prevented each year if all tractor-trailers were equipped with the latest safety systems, according to a recently published study. Researchers from the AAA Foundation for traffic safety came to this conclusion after studying 2015 truck accident figures and determining how many of these crashes would have been prevented if the commercial vehicles involved had been fitted with air disc brakes, automatic emergency braking systems, lane departure warnings and video-based monitoring technology. In 2015, about 400,000 truck accidents claimed more than 4,000 lives and caused approximately 116,000 injuries.

Truck driver health and safe driving

When traveling on West Virginia roads alongside big rigs, some people may wonder about the driving skills of truckers. In many cases, the trucker's health plays a role in the likelihood of an accident. According to recent research, having multiple medical conditions at one time could make truckers more likely to cause a crash.

New legislation would enforce sleep apnea rule

Truckers in West Virginia and the rest of the nation may soon be subject to new criteria regarding sleep apnea tests. Even though the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stated that it would withdraw a rule related to the updated screening criteria and treatment regulations for obstructive sleep apnea, Democratic members of the House and Senate have taken action to compel the agency to resurrect work on the rule.

Caution equals greater safety when driving near large trucks

Getting stuck behind a large truck on a West Virginia highway can frustrate drivers, but impatient attempts to pass the commercial vehicle could cause an accident. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 68 percent of the people who died in crashes with large trucks in 2014 were the occupants of passenger vehicles.

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.

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