accidents

Updated: Readers react to ‘Suicide by truck’ cover feature probing the on-highway unthinkable

Several Overdrive readers responded to the magazine's "Suicide by truck" feature with stories of their own. If you have one you want to share, feel free to use the comments under this post.

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POLL: How common are so-called ‘suicide by truck’ events?

Following our recent 'Suicide by truck' package of stories, this poll probes the question of just how common the phenomenon might be -- what's been your knowledge of such events over the years?

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Wisconsin: Targeting enforcement for violations

Only one state does it better -- or in many truckers' perspectives, worse -- than Wisconsin. With more than 3 violations written for every inspection performed in 2014, the state closed in on category leader Connecticut.

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Michael Kimball presents ‘Pickup driver pulls out without looking.’

Says operator Kimball of this video: "This guy was talking to someone standing on the sidewalk and pulled right out in front of me, without looking. I stopped so close to him that I thought we might have traded paint." What happened next? Find out here...

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Brad Kuhn presents ‘You never know what’s going to come at you’

A close shave: "The driver said that he started to hydroplane and lost control. I'm glad that he jack knifed or it may have gotten ugly."

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‘Tampa T-Bone’ from SmartDrive’s Great Driving Insights series

If you’re running a road-facing dashcam of your own today, this video may just be further proof of what you already know — the power of on-highway video to exonerate a driver who’s doing things right in the event of an accident. The SmartDrive company typically works with fleets who wish to install both road- and driver-facing cameras. If you’re not running a road-facing dashcam of your own today, forward-facing cameras that are triggered to save ...

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Round-up: Aggregating ambulance chasers, ‘abused driver syndrome?’, latest truck flasher

A bizarro report in the Detroit Free Press, an interesting recruiting message, and the latest press release from a fraud/victims' rights watchdog group run by a man with a fraud conviction in his past.

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Thursday ‘share the road’ trio

Local Tennessee paper instructs motorists on safety around big trucks, large Georgia newspaper likens crash victims to casualties of war, and a little good news on Virginia port investment to combat congestion.

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‘Huge mistake': Readers sound off on speed limiters

In this Overdrive Radio podcast, voices are raised against any speed limiter mandate, while some emphasize alternatives to imposing a single speed on on-highway trucks, such as adequate training and rewards for voluntary governing,

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‘Tired truckers’ back in the headlines — and the limits, benefits of safety technology

Whatever comes of active driver-assist safety technologies in the near future, it will remain an aware driver that is the bedrock of all trucking safety.

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