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ELDs now mandated on all commercial trucks

A new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandate now requires that all commercial trucks be equipped with electronic logging devices. ELDs are already in use among large truck carriers like FedEx and UPS; however, many trucking companies in New York and across the U.S. are protesting the change.

AAA finds truck safety technologies could prevent crashes

A study by AAA has analyzed the effect of four safety technologies: lane departure warning systems, automatic emergency braking, air disc brakes and video-based onboard safety monitoring systems. These devices are meant to reduce the crash risk of commercial trucks in New York and across the U.S., and their benefits may be more than safety related.

Bendix unveils new products to improve truck safety

At the first annual North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta, brake manufacturing company Bendix unveiled a range of products and updates that could drastically decrease truck accidents. Many trucking companies in New York and elsewhere in the U.S. are taking note.

Congress files bills asking for FMSCA rule

In the summer of 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it would table a rule related to sleep apnea testing. However, there were bills filed in both the House and the Senate that would direct the FMCSA to adopt such a rule anyway. Sponsors include Chuck Schumer from New York and Cory Booker from New Jersey. Throughout 2016, the agency had taken suggestions from its own Medical Advisory Board as well as from truckers and others impacted by the rule.

Impatience and anxiety are often factors in truck accidents

Sharing the road with large commercial vehicles that can weigh up to 40 tons can be a nerve-wracking experience for New York drivers. Passenger vehicle occupants made up 68 percent of truck accident fatalities in 2014 according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and a study conducted in 2013 revealed that the federally-mandated underride bars fitted to the rear of most trailers are only really effective when vehicles strike them in the center.

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.

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