NTSB

Sleep apnea partly to blame in 2016 truck-bus crash that killed 13, NTSB concludes

The Board determined the trucker had untreated obstructive sleep apnea, and the bus driver had untreated diabetes and was fatigued, likely due to acute sleep loss, at the time of the crash.

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NTSB blames fatal car-truck crash on tired motorist

NTSB’s report states that a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, occupied by an 18-year-old driver and three passengers ranging in age from 17 to 19, lost control of the vehicle, crossed the median on U.S. Highway 77 and collided with a 2009 Freightliner.

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SmartDrive’s ‘Extended Recording’ feature enhanced; other upgrades, video mandate discussed

In a press briefing with reporters, coming just two weeks after NTSB's first call for a mandate for video recorder use, SmartDrive reps noted any mandate would be long in coming but that a belief in the power of video in highway safety "is certainly our position."

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Mandates for video recorders, collision avoidance systems among NTSB’s ‘Most Wanted’ in 2017-2018

Items on the list NTSB's 2017-2018 most wanted list that could have the biggest impact on drivers include increased implementation of collision avoidance technologies, expanding use of event recorders, and ending alcohol and drug impairment.

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NTSB: More stringent drug screening needed for truck operators

NTSB found in its investigation of a fatal 2015 crash that the trucker at fault had illegally used methamphetamine before the crash occurred. The drug use should have been detected in a pre-employment screening, NTSB says.

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Truckers: No to ‘beta’ testing when lives at stake

Truckers polled this month agreed by and large with much of Consumer Reports’ "Too much autonomy too soon" verdict about the 'Autopilot' technology deployed in the Tesla Model S in 'beta' form, recently in use during a fatal crash in Florida.

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NTSB investigators blame significant hours violations, false logs and scant FMCSA oversight for deadly 2014 crash

NTSB investigators presented their findings to the full Board, determining that trucker fatigue and logbook falsification contributed to the crash, as well as “inadequacy of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration efforts to address the safety deficiencies of high-risk carriers or prioritize action to halt their operations.”

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Action on driver fatigue, health, distractions among NTSB’s 2016 most wanted regulations

The National Transportation Safety Board released its annual Most Wanted List of safety regulations this week, and six of the 10 items on the list could have an impact on the trucking industry and truckers.

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NTSB to FMCSA: Consider drug testing for synthetic marijuana

The NTSB made two recommendations to the FMCSA after a crash investigation revealed a driver's use of synthetic marijuana.

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Insurers tell Walmart they’re not paying Tracy Morgan crash settlements

Walmart’s private fleet has sued a group of insurance companies for refusing to pay the retail giant’s settlements with victims, including actor Tracy Morgan, in the high-profile June 2014 crash on the New Jersey turnpike that left one person dead and several others severely injured.

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