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Commercial truck drivers at high risk for drowsy driving

Drowsy driving leads to an estimated 100,000 annual car accidents in North Carolina and across the U.S. Among these crashes, those involving commercial trucks and big rigs are the most likely to end in catastrophic injuries and even death. This is understandable as cars cannot compare to trucks in terms of size and weight.

OOIDA seeks review of rule change

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, a group that lobbies for the interests of independent truck drivers, is seeking to have their complaint against a rule change made by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reheard. The rule relates to the guidelines for the screening of truck drivers for sleep apnea. This issue affects North Carolina drivers given that fatigued driving has been linked to several fatal tractor-trailer crashes.

Freight-loading errors are a major safety risk to motorists

Lots of freight moved across North Carolina takes at least part of its journey by truck. While many motorists may not think about what's inside those trailers on the highway, the manner in which they are loaded can mean life or death. Loading errors are one of the leading causes of trucking accidents. If a truck driver doesn't fully inspect the cargo, he or she may be unaware of the dangerous load being transported.

Regulation aims to cut fatigued truck driving

Roadway dangers for drivers and passengers in North Carolina can come from an array of sources, including drunk or distracted drivers. The dangers of the roadway can be even more disturbing when they involve large trucks and buses due to these vehicles' size, weight, mass and speed. Any impact with a semi-truck or similar large vehicle could cause devastating personal injuries, and this danger only escalates when a truck driver is fatigued due to exceeding their safe hours on the roadway.

Study links poor truck driver health with increased crash risk

Many truck accidents in North Carolina and across the U.S. may be caused by poor driver health, according investigators at the University of Utah School of Medicine. A study has been published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine that shows a correlation between trucker crash risk and the presence of one or more medical conditions.

Congress raises issue of sleep apnea among truckers

Trucking companies and drivers in North Carolina continue to face uncertainty about testing and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. As things stand now, multiple screening protocols present the trucking industry with inconsistent standards that govern which drivers get sent for medical tests. Truckers sometimes claim that they are unfairly targeted for medical tests and that the process is just meant to benefit sleep apnea testing companies and makers of treatment devices. Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate have filed bills meant to compel the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to administer consistent rules across the industry.

FMCSA report reveals alarming rise in fatal truck crashes

Federal data suggests that the roads in North Carolina and around the country have become more dangerous in recent years. The surge in traffic accident deaths observed in 2015 and 2016 represented the highest two-year increase in road fatalities in more than half a century according to the National Safety Council, and statistics from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration indicate that fatal collisions involving large commercial vehicles are becoming worryingly common.

Brake safety blitz finds trucks with violations

The vehicles of some North Carolina truck drivers may have been inspected on May 3 as part of an unannounced Brake Safety Day. There was a total of 9,524 inspections by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and 1,989 trucks were found to be in violation and placed out of service. Brake-related violations were the cause of 1,146 of these out-of-service placements.

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