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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.

Brake safety week combats negligent truck maintenance

West Virginians can face a major safety threat on the roadways from trucks with poorly or negligently maintained brake systems. The size, mass and weight of commercial trucks mean that when these vehicles have brakes that don't function properly, the consequences for truck drivers and all others on the road can be severe. Failing truck brakes can be the cause of severe motor vehicle accidents that lead to injuries and even fatalities. Because of the severe risk posed by this problem, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) organizes an annual Brake Safety Week to highlight the risk of truck brake violations.

Program aims to reduce truck driver fatigue

Truck driver fatigue can be a major public safety concern for drivers in West Virginia and across the country. Given the size, weight and mass of the large trucks that commercial drivers control, keeping fatigued drivers off the road can be critical to preventing dangerous accidents and even saving lives. This is one reason why the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance promotes an annual International Roadcheck across the country, focusing on compliance issues for truck drivers that could pose a risk to themselves and others sharing the road.

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.

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