On average, there are over 500,000 truck accidents every year in America. In 2015, 4,300 trucks were involved in fatal accidents. One thing to remember about these accidents is that it is usually the occupants of the smaller passenger vehicles who incur the fatalities. Louisiana drivers should be aware of the most common causes of truck crashes are and what types of injuries they lead to.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be holding its annual Brake Safety Week from September 16 to 22, so truckers and drivers of other commercial motor vehicles in Louisiana will want to make sure their brakes were installed correctly and are properly maintained. Defective or out-of-adjustment brakes can endanger other drivers by increasing stopping distance.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has wrapped up its annual International Roadcheck, a three-day inspection spree of buses and commercial trucks. From June 5 to 7, safety organizations and law enforcement personnel across Louisiana, as in all other states, stopped drivers and conducted 37-step inspections that covered both driver- and vehicle-related issues.
Drivers in Louisiana who are wary of sharing the road with large trucks have good reason to be. Truck accidents often lead to serious injuries, if not death. In 97 percent of fatal crashes involving trucks and passenger vehicles, it's an occupant of the smaller vehicle who dies. Should victims survive, they may have to contend with long-term physical and mental conditions.
Fatal truck crashes are on the rise in Louisiana and throughout the United States, according to a new report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The report, which finalizes preliminary data released by the agency a year ago, shows that fatal large truck accidents increased by 3 percent between 2015 and 2016.
Drivers throughout Louisiana will want to be more conscious about any behavior they engage in behind the wheel that could be considered unsafe. From July 15 to 21, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will be hosting its annual Operation Safe Driver Week across the nation. Enforcement personnel will be cracking down on all instances of unsafe driving, from speeding to following too closely on other vehicles to making improper lane changes.
Every day across the nation, an estimated 69 million drivers use their cellphones at least once while behind the wheel. Drivers in Louisiana should also know that commercial truck drivers are prone to using phones and other devices while on the road. However, there are several companies that have been producing new tech that could combat this and other forms of distracted driving.
Commercial truck drivers in Louisiana probably know about the International Roadcheck, an annual inspection spree conducted nationwide over the course of three days in order to enforce commercial truck and bus safety guidelines. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has scheduled the 2018 International Roadcheck for June 5 to June 7 and has stated that its special focus this year will be on hours-of-service compliance.
Drivers in Louisiana should know more about drowsy driving because every year, it is the factor behind an estimated 100,000 car accidents in the U.S. Drowsiness is known to impair one's ability to reason, judge, and react to situations. It also slows down one's reflexes. Drivers, like everyone else, cannot decide for themselves when they fall asleep, and all the energy they expend on staying awake only serves to take their attention from the road.
Commercial truckers in Louisiana may be interested in learning that the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has asked the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear its argument against the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The organization is claiming that the federal agency unlawfully changed sleep apnea screening guidelines for truck drivers.