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Trucking fatalities and lesser-recognized factors

As the number of fatal trucking accidents on roadways in New York and other states across the country continues to rise over time, motorists may want to consider a few seldom-discussed factors that may be to blame. While the general public might suppose that all commercial truck operators are aggressive and even dangerous drivers, U.S. Department of Labor data indicates that automobile drivers cause most fatal accidents that involve a large truck.

Looking at large truck crash data

New York residents may be interested to learn that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released statistics for large truck and bus crashes that took place in 2015. According to the data, 20 percent of the 415,000 police-reported large truck accidents involved an injury while 1 percent of the accidents were fatal.

Yearly truck inspection event focused on cargo securement

This summer's International Roadcheck campaign, which ran June 6-8, focused on cargo securement. Organizers say that during the event, about 15 trucks are inspected every minute. The annual campaign was created to help improve road safety throughout New York and the rest of North America.

Driver fatigue and sleep apnea regulations for truckers

With the high number of traffic accidents involving trucks, New York motorists might be interested in the possible regulations regarding sleep apnea in the trucking industry. The issue of truck drivers who suffer from sleep apnea is concerning because a study by the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health has determined that those who suffer from the condition have a risk five times higher of being involved in a preventable accident than those who do not.

Fatal truck crash rates climb in 2015

New York residents may be aware that traffic fatalities have increased in recent years. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the number of trucks involved in such crashes increased from 2014 to 2015 by 8 percent. In 2015, there were 4,050 large trucks, which are defined as those weighing more than 10,000 pounds, involved in 3,598 fatal crashes. Furthermore, the number of trucks involved in such crashes per 100 million miles traveled increased to 1.45 from 1.34.

CVSA annual inspections set for June

The vehicles of New York commercial truck drivers will be subject to inspection for three days in early June as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's yearly International Roadcheck inspection blitz. Although cargo securement is part of the Level I inspections that will be conducted, the blitz will also put a particular focus on cargo to emphasize its importance to drivers.

Remotely-driven trucks may be coming to New York

As with self-driving cars, there are also increasing numbers of self-driving large trucks under development. However, there's one big obstacle that's keeping more self-driving trucks from transporting goods, and the issue is that it is difficult for autonomous trucks to successfully navigate the small and often cluttered spaces of loading bays.

Commercial truck drivers' health and driving

New York motorists may want to know that results from a study from the University of Utah School of Medicine show that commercial truck drivers with three or more health issues have quadruple the crash risk of drivers in good health. Many truck drivers tend to encounter difficulty with remaining healthy due to poor sleeping and eating habits and having to be in a sitting position for extended periods of time. According to the lead author of the study, the results indicate that declining health increases crash risk.

Trump order delays truck driver safety regulations

A 2017 executive order from President Donald Trump delayed the implementation of federal trucking regulations for first-time drivers. The rules, which will be implemented at a later date, establish training requirements for newly certified drivers in New York and across the country.

Ski lift maintenance may prevent injuries

According to those in the ski industry, New York residents and others are more likely to get hurt or die driving to a ski resort than on a ski lift. The National Ski Areas Association claims that the last death caused by a ski lift malfunction occurred in 1993. Overall, there have only been 12 deaths attributed to faulty ski lifts since 1973.

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