crashes

Lawmakers intro bill to beef up rear impact guards, mandate side guards on trailers

A bipartisan and bicameral group of U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday announced intentions to introduce a bill in Congress to require tractor-trailers to be equipped with so-called side underride guards, intended to protect car occupants in crashes in which the car slides under the trailer.

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Stop draggin’ this theoretical ELD report around

"Theories are great. I have some you'd probably be concerned about, therefore I don't share them. And I certainly don't present them as empirical evidence."

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A shot in the arm for fixing CSA

The added weight of an objective party is welcome, especially knowing it gives Congress a clear vision of CSA problems. FMCSA has made relatively superficial changes – slowly – to CSA. It’s a shame it’s taken so many voices to repeat the call that change needs to be faster and more substantive.

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Eight killed in two fiery truck-involved crashes Tuesday in Texas and Kansas

A crash involving four trucks and two passenger vehicles along I-35 in Waco, Texas, claimed three lives, including a truck driver, and a crash along I-70 in Kansas involving two trucks and four passenger vehicles claimed five lives.

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Livin’ on potato time

"You could put 40 clocks and 25 cameras inside of every single commercial vehicle on the road, and those items would not prevent accidents." More on the push for so-called "safety" devices from on high ...

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Trucks involved in fatal crashes rose 8 percent in 2015

The agency’s “Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2015” report reveals that 4,050 large trucks, those weighing more than 10,000 pounds, were involved in a total of 3,598 fatal crashes in 2015.

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High driver turnover correlated with higher OOS, crash volumes and CSA scores

Data firm Vigillo found a close correlation between high turnover and generally more negative carrier numbers in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's compliance rating program. Also: FAST Act CSA requirements update -- suggested CSA changes expected late Spring/early Summer.

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When enforcement is well necessary — a note from Rich Wilson

Wilson's letter follows news of a box-truck owner-operator shut down after a fatality crash. Also: Do owner-operator hotshot truckers (at 10,001-26,000 lbs.) need to join a random drug/alcohol testing consortium? Depends on the CDL status and desires ...

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Scott LeVan’s radio warning to drivers ahead of deadly EB I-80 crash went unanswered

Driver LeVan used his CB to broadcast several warnings to EB drivers to spread out, impending a traffic back-up ahead, before a later crash that killed two truckers in Pennsylvania. Yet another reason to keep the radio on.

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Website maps 2016 ‘year in truck spills’

Think you've seen it all when it comes to highway accidents? For those among you who might answer in the affirmative, the folks behind the AtlasObscura.com argue otherwise with this map of notable spilled loads of 2016.

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