crashes

Put down the phone

The day owner-operator Rudy Yakym Jr.'s truck, trailer and body stood between a distracted driver behind the wheel of a Volvo toting a container and a long line of motorists ahead.

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‘Top-tier’ most effective states ranked in ATRI crash/inspections analysis

The state of Indiana leads the way in the American Transportation Research Institute's ranking of state enforcement departments on the effectiveness of their truck-enforcement units, based principally on an assumed relationship between crashes and traffic-enforcement activities.

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Here are the citations ATRI says most closely correlate with crash risk

Truck drivers who are cited with violations for reckless driving or failure to yield the right of way are the most likely to be involved in a crash, according to ATRI's report. Here's a look at other highlights from the report.

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When a simple seatbelt could save you

"Do you wear your seatbelt running down the road? I've met owner-ops that do, I've met plenty who don't." A recent single-truck accident investigation report from a Kentucky team might well change your mind. ...

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Will it take a disaster to truly fix driver training?

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The recent Humboldt Hockey team bus collision with a tractor-trailer in Saskatchewan with devastating results, including more than a dozen fatalities, has elevated discussions around proper driver training and highway safety across Canada. The U.S. pre-CDL training rule is in place, though not fully effective. Training remains a serious safety issue.

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CVSA’s new working committee on crash data and investigations aims to establishment fairness, uniform practice

A motorist's crash that didn't touch a truck but ended up on a carrier's record as a fatality because the motorist ended up deceased under the trailer highlights the pursuit of fairness in crash investigation with consistent reporting protocols that is among goals of CVSA's new working crash committee.

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Report: Detention sucks over $1 billion from truckers’ wages annually, boosts crash risk

Drivers see an average annual pay loss of between $1,281 and $1,534, the report concludes, as well as potentially contributing to an extra 6,500 truck crashes each year. The DOT's Office of Inspector General has called on FMCSA to bolster its data collection efforts around detention and its impacts.

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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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