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Study reveals main causes of trucking accidents

With more than 15 million commercial trucks traveling annually throughout Virginia and the rest of the country, these vehicles are a constant presence as well as an occasional hazard for other drivers. In the past decade, big rig accident rates have increased by 20 percent, and many of these accidents are caused by the truckers. A recent study called the Large Truck Crash Causation Study shows the many ways that truckers can cause accidents.

Proposed change in truck driving hours of service rule

Truck drivers in Virginia and around the country may be able to take advantage of a change in an hours of service rule if a proposal by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is implemented. Currently, truck drivers are on a 14-hour clock that requires them to take a half hour of rest during the first eight hours. The proposal will allow drivers to stop the clock for up to three hours for a rest break, but they would not be required to take the 30-minute break.

Driver health and road safety

When people drive or walk around in Virginia, they understand that they are responsible for their own safety while on the road. There are times, however, when it is difficult to protect oneself against an accident caused by another driver's negligence or error.

Federal rule aims to curb danger of improper trucker training

Following a five-month delay, new federal regulations that will impact the training of new truckers in Virginia and nationwide are going into effect. The implementation of the training rule was delayed due to reviews of the regulation by the Trump administration.

FMCSA holds meeting on autonomous trucks

Having a person at the controls, a reform in hours of service and potential changes to requirements for and types of commercial driver's licenses were all topics at a listening session of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on April 24. At the session, one person presented the example of an autonomous truck given a choice to hit a group of schoolchildren or a wall as an example of how a Virginia driver may still be needed to take over the controls.

Rise in number of trucks involved in fatal accidents

A report issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration showed that there was an 8 percent increase in the number of large trucks involved in fatal collisions between 2014 and 2015. This information might be important to Virginia motorists, particularly in deciding how to drive around these vehicles and what other safety precautions to take.

Crash risk increases for ailing truck drivers

Virginia big rig drivers may be interested in a study that found that commercial truck drivers who have three or more health ailments are four times more likely than their healthier counterparts to crash. The study was conducted by researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine and published in the 'Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine" on Jan. 10.

3 things you should know about semitruck crash causes

Big rig crashes can cause life-altering injuries that will keep you from being able to take care of your family. Because big rigs are so much larger and heavier than any other vehicle on the road, these vehicles can cause devastating injuries. Hopefully you are never in a truck crash, but if you are, here are some things to consider.

NHTSA seeks to curb distracted driving

Traffic accident fatalities in Virginia and around the country are on the rise after years of improving road safety, and distracted driving crashes are a particular concern for federal agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency has released the second phase of its guidelines to reduce the number of distracted driving accidents, and they include a call to cellphone manufacturers to include features in their devices that would restrict their functionality while a vehicle is in motion.

CVSA releases safety campaign results

Drivers in Virginia may be enjoying safer roads this year than last, but data collected by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliances yielded mixed results. A week-long campaign, dubbed Operation Safe Driver, resulted in commercial and passenger vehicles being pulled over across the United States and Canada, with the drivers being issued citations or warnings.

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