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Tips for CMV drivers who want to avert drowsiness

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.

The dangers of truck driver fatigue

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.

Sleep apnea a danger to U.S. roads

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.

Roadcheck inspections set to increase

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.

FMCSA plans new large-truck crash causation study

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.

How to limit liability after a commercial truck crash

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.

FMCSA study identifies top causes of commercial truck crashes

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.

How truckers can prevent jackknifing

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.

Truck crashes pose threat on the roads

Truck accidents can cause serious damage to people in North Carolina and throughout the country. These crashes can be especially harmful to individuals in passenger vehicles due to the size and weight of large trucks. An 18-wheel truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is 20 times as much as a passenger car. There are several common causes of serious collisions involving trucks. Driver error is one such cause. Truckers, like all other drivers, make mistakes behind the wheel. Some kinds of errors are particularly dangerous for the truckers themselves. Truck drivers are limited to specific hours of service, but some face pressure to drive beyond those restrictions.

Fatal truck crashes rise, but no solution is in sight

There were 4,102 large truck crash fatalities in 2017. This represents a 28% increase from 2009. Of those fatalities, 17% were truck occupants while 68% were occupants of passenger vehicles and 14% were pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. North Carolina motorists should know that this rise in fatalities has led many safety groups to advocate the use of collision avoidance technology.

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