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OOIDA seeks rule change regarding hours of service

The advocacy group for tractor-trailer owner-operators, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), has recently filed a petition with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration seeking changes to so-called 'hours of service" regulations. The FMCSA is responsible for issuing regulations on the number of hours a day a tractor-trailer driver can be on the road. These changes could affect the safety of all New York drivers.

Senate bill would mandate side guards on tractor-trailers

Each year, more than 200 Americans die when their vehicle slides beneath the side of a tractor-trailer truck. These types of accidents, called "side underride" collisions, are especially deadly because they can shear off the top of the car, causing severe head trauma to the driver and passengers. To address the issue, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida have proposed a bipartisan bill that could prevent such accidents.

The dangers of overloaded tractor trailers

Truck accidents in New York and around the country often involve overloaded semi-tractor trailers or commercial vehicle drivers who failed to adequately control their fully laden vehicles. Loaded tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds without violating state or federal safety laws, and that amount of weight traveling at highway speeds can cause catastrophic damage to passenger vehicles.

Driving with large trucks

New York drivers may be reluctant to share the road with big rigs. Their unwieldy size and propensity for moving back and forth between lanes can make driving on busy highways and roads nerve-wrecking. However, there are some things people can do to make driving alongside the large vehicles safer and more comfortable.

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.

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