Monthly Archives: March 2015

FMCSA Begins Annual Motor Carriers’ Drug and Alcohol Testing Survey

Alcohol and drugs make for a deadly combination—especially when behind the wheel. Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 51 minutes. In … Continue reading

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Trucker Found Guilty Of Fatigued Driving, Faces Up To Three Years In Prison

When truckers do not get enough sleep, the results can be deadly. In fact, fatigued driving is considered one of the top ten causes of truck accidents in the United States with 65 percent of them occurring on long-haul trips. Believe it … Continue reading

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Semi Driver Distracted By Chihuahua, Flips 18-Wheeler Over

In 2012, there were 104,000 people injured in crashes involving large trucks—an increase of 18 percent from 88,000 in 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. You can bet that some of those accidents were due to distracted driving. According to … Continue reading

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FMCSA Shares Details Of Its Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Restart Study

Fatigue and long driving hours have been implicated in many commercial truck crashes over the years. Some studies have reported that roughly 30 percent of them were due to driver fatigue. Under federal regulations, commercial drivers are permitted to drive … Continue reading

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FMCSA Releases New Smartphone App Containing Safety Data On Commercial Truck and Bus Companies

Tractor trailer accident statistics show that the roads of the United States witness over 500,000 accidents each year. That’s why the FMCSA is always looking for ways make the roadways safer and reduce traffic fatalities. An estimated 85 percent of those … Continue reading

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Authorities: 18-Wheeler Crosses Center Line, Kills Pickup Driver

A Louisiana man lost his life Tuesday after the vehicle he was driving was struck by an 18-wheeler, authorities stated. According to Louisiana State Police, shortly before 4:30 p.m. officers were called to investigate a two-vehicle fatal crash that occurred … Continue reading

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Trucking Co. Ordered To Pay Arizona Family $19.25M In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A jury has ordered trucking company Landstar System Inc. to pay an Arizona family $19.25 million following a week-long civil trial. Courtroom View Network was first to report the verdict. According to the original lawsuit, Michael Bruno drove his 2003 … Continue reading

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FMCSA Establishes New Committee, Will Explore Improving Training Requirements For Entry-Level Drivers

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, there are more than 1.5 million tractor trailer drivers who are employed in this country. Every day, tens of thousands of them travel America’s highways. Many of them are experienced; however, some of … Continue reading

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5 Tips For Sharing The Road With Big Rig Drivers

Driving next to an 18-wheeler can be a bit intimidating—not to mention even frightening. After all, semis are generally five times the size of a car, pickup truck or SUV and up to 20 times or more the weight. Because of … Continue reading

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Train Hits 18-Wheeler Lingering Too Long On Tracks

According to WRAL-TV, an Amtrak train hit a tractor-trailer that stalled on railroad tracks in North Carolina, toppling the engine onto its side Monday and sending 55 of the 212 passengers aboard the train to the hospital. This collision was … Continue reading

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