At the recent North American Commercial Vehicle Show, Bendix introduced several new safety products and updates for commercial trucks. Their Intellipark system in particular can prevent incidents commonly known as rollaways, which occur when drivers leave their trucks without engaging the air brakes. This electronic parking brake may benefit drivers and their companies in North Carolina.
On Sept. 20, it was reported by the North Carolina Highway Patrol that four people suffered injuries after a concrete truck overturned onto a van. It appeared that the concrete truck was attempting to make a right turn but was traveling too fast.
Wheel spikes, often seen on large tractor trailers on North Carolina roadways, create a negative impression of the person behind the steering wheel. Whether it is true or not, they communicate to some other motorists that the operator approaches driving aggressively. While many wheel spikes are produced from plastic, other types are manufactured out of metal or aluminum. Wheel spikes increase the likelihood of a vehicle accident if they make contact with another vehicle, a bike, or a pedestrian.
Trucking accidents are increasing in North Carolina and across the United States. Because semi trucks are such powerful vehicles with massive strength, weight and large amounts of cargo, commercial truck accidents can lead to serious injuries for occupants of other vehicles.
North Carolina highways may have gotten a bit more hazardous in light of a notice that was issued on Aug. 4 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The agency, which is part of the Department of Transportation, has stated that it was withdrawing a proposed rule that would have standardized screening procedures and protocols for truck drivers who were suspected of having sleep apnea.
Road users in North Carolina and around the country may be alarmed to learn that nearly 2,000 large commercial trucks were ordered out of service after the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducted an unannounced safety crackdown on May 3. The nonprofit association's inspectors checked the braking systems and other safety equipment of more than 9,000 semi-tractor trailers in 10 Canadian provinces and 33 U.S. states during the one-day safety blitz according to a press release.
Large trucks and buses have been involved in a number of serious crashes in North Carolina and across the United States. Data shows that the number of fatal crashes could be escalating, even if it remains below its 21st-century high point. In 2015, there were 4,311 large trucks and buses that were involved in deadly auto crashes around the country.
Prospective truck drivers in North Carolina and around the country will receive training according to standards set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The new rules became effective on June 5, 2017 after a five-month delay imposed by the Trump administration. The training standards will apply to applicants who receive their commercial driver's licenses on or after Feb. 7, 2020.
North Carolina truck drivers likely know that the annual International Roadcheck inspection conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance is to run from June 6 to June 8. The inspections were taking place in all states as well as across Canada. Prior to the beginning of the inspection event, the CVSA released a flyer that provided tips for proper cargo securement.
Commercial truckers in North Carolina that are concerned about driving safety should know that recent tests indicate that side underride guards for trailers can reduce the risk of injury and death in the event of an accident. These tests were conducted in early 2017 by IIHS, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.