Can Bad Health Cause Truck Accidents?

Can Bad Health Cause Truck Accidents?

March 22,2019

Being an over-the-road truck driver is not an easy job. It’s a lot more difficult than you might think, especially when it comes to health. Truckers are behind the wheel long hours, obviously sitting, and have few opportunities to stretch their legs or even get a minimal amount of exercise. Deadlines are a part of their lives. And after working for a few years, they find their health begins to suffer. Like others of us who w...

Could Tech Be the Answer to Truck Driver Fatigue?

March 04,2019

Ongoing statistical analysis of semi-truck accidents by the federal government finds that around 5,000 occupants of passenger vehicles die every year in wrecks involving semi-trucks, and another 700 drivers and passengers in 18-wheelers die annually in these crashes. There are a number of reasons why big-rig wrecks happen, but the overwhelming cause of truck crashes when the trucker is at fault is driver fatigue, followed c...

Why Distance Between Rest Areas Affects CMV Driver Fatigue in Kentucky

August 06,2018

A recent study at the University of Kentucky revealed an interesting correlation surrounding fatigue-related crashes involving over the road (OTR) commercial motor vehicle drivers. UK researchers found that the farther a drowsy trucker is from a rest area (such as a truck stop or weigh station), the greater the chance that he would be involved in an accident. Researchers analyzed Kentucky commercial motor vehicle crash ...

A Closer Look at Suggested Changes to Truckers’ Hours-Of-Service Rules

July 23,2018

Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations dictate how long a truck driver can be on the road without a period of rest. The goal of HOS regulations is to prevent drivers from driving too long and becoming fatigued, a factor that contributes to 13 percent of commercial motor vehicle crashes. These are important safety measures for everyone on the road. However, hours-of-service regulations are designed by politicians, not truck ...

Are Younger Drivers the Answer to the Trucker Shortage Problem?

May 21,2018

There’s a way to ease America's trucker shortage, according to a pair of Capitol Hill lawmakers: allow teenaged drivers who are already commercially certified in their home states to cross state lines in their 18-wheelers. The bill – known as the DRIVE Act and sponsored by Congressmen Duncan D. Hunter (R-Calif.) and Trey Hollingsworth (R-Ind.) – would lower the age at which   drivers can transport goods outside t...

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