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October 2017 Archives

Poor health means increased crash risk for Louisiana truckers

Researchers from the University of Utah School of Medicine have discovered a link between high crash risk among truckers and the presence of one or more health conditions. Having analyzed the medical and crash histories of approximately commercial truck drivers across the U.S., they found that 34 percent suffered from at least one condition that was previously connected with poor driving performance.

Human choices cause over 90% of vehicle crashes

Drivers in Louisiana have access to more automotive safety technology than ever before, but fatal traffic accidents have risen for the past two years. Human errors like speeding and failing to wear seat belts appear to be undermining the advantages of automatic emergency brakes, air bags and lane departure warning systems. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that human choices contributed to the higher death toll in 2015 and 2016. When examining fatal accidents, researchers found that 94 percent of them result from human decisions.

Legislation to establish sleep apnea rule for truckers

Commercial truckers in Louisiana and the rest of the country may soon be subject to a new rule regarding testing for obstructive sleep apnea. Democratic senators and representatives have filed bills intended to compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to resume its work on a rule that will establish new guidelines for the screening and treatment of sleep apnea.

Driving recklessly around trucks can lead to tragedy

Sharing the road with commercial trucks that weigh as much as 40 tons can be unnerving even for the calmest Louisiana motorists, and these anxieties tend to become more severe when weather conditions are poor, traffic is heavy and frustrations are running high. Accidents involving semi-tractor trailers and passenger vehicles are often catastrophic, and car, pickup truck and SUV occupants accounted for 68 percent of the fatalities in such crashes around the country in 2014 according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.