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Agency seeks to relax truck driver restrictions

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 4,237 large truck crashes that resulted in fatalities and 344,000 large truck crashes that led to injuries in 2017. Drivers in North Carolina should be aware of commercial trucks on the road as these large trucks can cause catastrophic accidents.

Bipartisan Senate bill would mandate heavy truck speed limiters

Commercial vehicles in North Carolina and around the country that weigh more than 26,000 pounds would be required to use devices that limit their top speeds to 65 mph if a bipartisan bill introduced recently in the U.S. Senate becomes law. The Cullum Owings Large Truck Safe Operating Speed Act of 2019 also calls for trucks already equipped with speed limiters to have the devices set to 65 mph, but it would not require truck operators to install the technology in older tractor-trailers.

7 motorcyclists die in truck crash

North Carolina residents may have heard that the driver of a truck hauling a trailer of cars that crashed into a group of motorcyclists in New Hampshire has been arrested in a case that may result in both criminal and civil proceedings. Seven people were killed and several others injured in the June 21, 2019 crash. The truck driver was arrested on June 24 and charged with seven counts of negligent homicide.

Truck drivers share their top safety concerns

For the most part, drivers of commercial trucks in North Carolina strive to do their jobs safely. Working long hours on the road involves many risks. When a fleet management systems provider asked truckers to describe their top safety problems, getting cut off in traffic by passenger vehicles was their top concern.

Truck accidents often present complex issues

Most North Carolina motorists go about their daily driving tasks with little concern or trepidation yet are, on some level, aware of the risks of accidents. Although road safety is regularly promoted through public awareness campaigns, the number of accidents nationally continues to climb and is, by most estimates, in excess of 6 million incidents every year. Thankfully, most accidents are relatively minor, involving no personal injury and clear liability, but truck accidents present a different set of challenges than a more typical scenario involving two passenger cars.

Federal regulations may cause drivers to speed

In 2017, 4,761 people died in crashes involving large trucks on North Carolina roadways and others throughout the country. That was a 9% increase in large truck fatalities in a year when traffic fatalities overall dropped by 2%. The increase in crashes may be caused by drivers who are trying to get to their destination before they are forced to stop work. According to federal regulations, drivers are required to take a break after eight hours behind the wheel.

Truck crash deaths at their highest in 29 years, says NHTSA

From 2016 to 2017, the number of car crash deaths in North Carolina and across the US went down 2% with 2017 seeing a total of 37,133 deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has made preliminary estimates that show how the decline is continuing through 2019. On the other hand, truck crash fatalities have gone up dramatically.

As truck crash numbers rise, some companies turn to safety tech

Truckers in North Carolina may already know that there are more and more crashes involving cars and trucks than in previous years. Florida, for example, has seen a jump from 23,515 such accidents in 2014 to 32,513 in 2018. The Florida DoT has said that speeding is the leading driver-related factor in these crashes.

Truck accidents can occur even on bypasses

Tired or inattentive truck drivers can cause hazards on roads throughout North Carolina and the rest of the country. This may be true even on highways that are designed to keep truckers off main roads as much as possible. In North Dakota, the Highway 23 bypass was constructed to reduce commercial truck traffic on the main street in New Town. It was touted as a way to increase roadway safety when it was completed in 2014 at a cost of $25 million.

Steps to determine if a driver is impaired by marijuana

As attitudes toward marijuana change, more drivers in North Carolina and throughout the country may share the road with those who are impaired by the drug. However, there is no reliable test that can be used to determine if an individual is too impaired to drive. Another problem with marijuana testing is that it may detect traces of the substance in a person long after it has been used. Therefore, someone who tests positive for marijuana may not actually be under its influence.

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