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Truck Accidents Archives

Fatal accidents involving tractor-trailers are on the rise

Fatal accidents involving semi-tractor trailers and buses were more common in Louisiana and other U.S. states in 2015 according to the annual Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It reveals that the number of large commercial vehicles involved in deadly crashes surged by 8 percent in 2015 from the previous year and has risen by 20 percent since 2005, and data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System suggests that 2016 was even more deadly on America's roads.

Court decision allows carriers access to drivers' history

On June 19, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a class-action lawsuit brought by six truck drivers. This lawsuit was the second case backed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association that the high court refused to hear over a two-week span. Because court rulings that concern the trucking industry may impact motorist safety on roadways across the nation, drivers in Louisiana and other parts of the country may want to know more about the history of this case and its potential implications.

Truck driver training subject of new federal rule

After a lengthy delay, new federal rules for truckers in training in Louisiana and across the country are becoming law. However, carriers, trainers and others will still have almost three years to put the new rules into practice. The new training requirements will apply to all truck drivers who receive their commercial driver's license on or after Feb. 7, 2017.

Safe cargo securement is focus of CVSA inspection

Motorists who share Louisiana roadways with commercial buses and trucks may be interested in knowing about the International Roadcheck inspection campaign that takes place each year. Organized by the non-profit Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, the event is held to further the organization's compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives. In 2017, the inspection blitz occurred over a 72-hour span beginning on June 6.

Fatal truck crashes on the increase

When Louisiana motorists take to the road, they are counting on their fellow drivers to be responsible. After all, accidents can result in vehicle damage, life-changing injuries, and even death. Truck accidents in particular can be particularly damaging due to the weight and size of these vehicles.

Cargo securement is focus of event

Checking how well cargo is secured is just one part of a commercial truck inspection. However, so that its importance is highlighted, cargo securement will be the focus of the International Roadcheck inspection spree that will take place in Louisiana and the rest of the country in early June 2017.

Company looks to take truck drivers off the road

Louisiana commercial vehicle drivers may be interested to learn that, if an autonomous trucking startup company gets its way, they could soon be operating their truck from an office. The company has designed a remote control retrofit kit that allows drivers to operate the vehicle remotely without ever having to set foot in the vehicle's cab.

Driver training rule delayed

Commercial truck drivers in Louisiana should know that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a notice on Feb. 1, 2017, that will postpone the effective date of a regulation that establishes national truck driver training standards. This is in response to a memorandum that was issued on Jan. 20, 2017, by the new presidential administration.