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The surprising causes of most trucking accidents

The freight-hauling big rigs that travel the highways are the engine that keep our local economies thriving. These hardworking drivers are constantly under a time crunch to make sure their payloads reach their final destinations, and we can continue living daily life. Accidents happen, though, and the results are often devastating.

Pennsylvania truckers honored for 25 years accident-free driving

In order to drive a tractor-trailer safely on Pennsylvania's busy streets and highways, you need skill, patience, an understanding of traffic laws and a relentless focus on the vehicles around you. Those who manage to drive a big rig safely for years deserve recognition for their dedication to hauling goods without causing a truck accident that results in injuries.

OOIDA calls for revised hours of service rules

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's hours of service regulations are designed to prevent accidents caused by fatigued truck drivers and protect motorists in Pennsylvania and around the country. The current rules were put into place in 2013, but they have been widely criticized by trade groups including the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association. According to the OOIDA, the present 14-hour regulation compels drivers to remain behind the wheel even when they are tired and forces them onto the roads in poor weather and when traffic is at its heaviest.

Senate bill would mandate tractor-trailer side underride guards

More than 200 road users in Pennsylvania and around the country are killed each year when the passenger vehicles they are traveling in strike the side of a semi-tractor trailer. The National Transportation Safety Board urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to mandate the fitting of side guards to all new tractor-trailers in 2014, but the recommendation was nonbinding and no regulation was introduced.

Is Driver Fatigue a Cause of Commercial Vehicle Crashes?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is taking a new look at driver fatigue and seeking input on the issue. Motor carrier businesses, organizations and operators in Pennsylvania are encouraged to submit their comments to the FMCSA.

Truck safety technologies could prevent 77,000 crashes per year

According to federal data, there were more than 400,000 accidents involving large trucks in 2015. Sadly, these crashes resulted in 116,000 injuries and 4,000 deaths. However, a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that advanced truck safety technologies could prevent over 77,000 truck accidents each year, which would save lives in Pennsylvania and across the U.S.

3 ways to avoid holiday car crashes

Travel stress around the holidays is pretty much a given. Planes, trains and automobiles across the country are filled with holiday travelers trying to get somewhere. Your gifts and goodies, ordered with that special two-day shipping, have to get somewhere, too. That means even more big trucks on the roads, which --combined with ice, snow and holiday hurrying -- can lead to some serious crashes.

Study finds link between truck driver health and crash risk

The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine has published a study linking poor truck driver health with a higher risk for accidents. The authors concluded that even minor medical conditions can add up to endanger truck drivers. This has raised some concerns for trucking companies in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, especially regarding their medical screening processes.

New electronic parking brake could eliminate rollaway accidents

Pennsylvania residents may be alarmed to learn that a study performed by a leading business consulting firm found that six out of 10 commercial vehicle fleet operators have experienced a rollaway situation within the last two years. A moving vehicle with no driver behind the wheel poses a serious threat to the safety of road users, and this is especially true when the vehicle involved is a commercial truck that can weigh as much as 40 tons. However, an Ohio-based commercial vehicle systems manufacturer claims that their new electronic parking brake has the potential to make this kind of incident a thing of the past.

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