Drivers on North Carolina roads could be put in danger because of the actions of companies that engage in hydraulic fracturing. Primarily, an increase in fracking activity results in increased traffic in areas that don't necessarily have large populations. Therefore, they may not have the infrastructure needed to allow trucks carrying wastewater to get to and from their destinations safely. A researcher from the University of Illinois analyzed accident data from the Bakken Formation in North Dakota from 2006 to 2014 to come to this conclusion.
Under North Carolina law, those with a commercial driver's license cannot travel out of state if they are between the ages of 18 and 20. Things may change, though, if a certain federal bill that was introduced in February 2019 is passed. Called the DRIVE-Safe Act, it proposes to let truckers under 21 drive interstate after completing an apprenticeship program.
Drowsy driving is a serious concern for CMV operators in North Carolina and across the U.S. According to the FMCSA's Large Truck Crash Causation Study, 13% of truckers were discovered at the time of their accidents to be drowsy. Fatigue can come with long hours and a lack of sound sleep, but it is preventable. Below are some tips for preventing drowsiness and for addressing it when it does arise.
Tractor-trailers are a common sight on North Carolina highways. Since these commercial trucks are so big, they can cause a lot of damage, especially in the event of a collision with a passenger vehicle. There are several causes of big rig collisions, including truck driver distraction and negligent truck maintenance. However, one of the more common issues is truck driver fatigue.
Truck drivers in North Carolina and elsewhere are around 11 times more likely to suffer from sleep apnea than the general population, according to research. This is concerning because the disorder often makes people feel excessively drowsy during waking hours, which could lead to serious commercial truck accidents.
Every year in North Carolina and around the country, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts an International Road check inspection. Typically occurring over a 72-hour period, law enforcement will increase checks with a greater focus on certain driver requirements. These checks will include reviews of electronic logging devices, seat belt use, commercial driver's license endorsements, medical cards and records of duty status.
The last time the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration conducted a formal large-truck crash causation study was in the early 2000s. The report of that study was sent to Congress in 2006. Now, the FMCSA has plans to conduct another study. In a formal proposal made January 2020, the agency said it is gathering data on how the use of phones and on-board electronic systems has factored into truck crashes in North Carolina and across the U.S.
An expanding economy has created an increased need for commercial truck drivers in North Carolina and throughout the country. These drivers are often required to spend long hours on the road to meet their employer's needs. According to data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there was an increase in most types of large truck and bus accidents between 2016 and 2017. This data indicated that there was a 10% increase in the number of accidents that resulted in fatalities.
Commercial truck drivers have to keep track of many elements to travel the highways of North Carolina safely. Failure in any single area could lead to a crash. The Large Truck Crash Causation Study published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration warns drivers about the top sources of truck accidents.
Jackknifing incidents are not uncommon here in North Carolina. Besides big rig operators, drivers who tow trailers or boats are in danger of jackknifing, especially if their load is rear-heavy. However, it is mostly truckers who need to consider the following tips for jackknifing prevention.