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Operation Safe Driver Week slated for July

Virginia truck drivers should be on the alert in mid-July. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that Operation Safe Driver Week will take place July 15-21. During the initiative, participating law enforcement officers will be on the patrol for commercial and passenger vehicle drivers who are exhibiting unsafe driving behaviors.

The pros and cons of truck accident settlements

Virginia truck accident victims the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the truck driver or trucking company if they believe that negligence was to blame for the accident. Going through the civil court system can cost victims a lot of time and money, though, which is why they often strive for a settlement out of court.

Company aims to help drivers stay safe

More than 70 percent of goods moved through Virginia and other states are transported by truck. A company called BlyncSync is looking to make the job of being a trucker safer for all involved. There are about seven million people who are employed by the trucking industry with about half of those employed as drivers. They can work up to 70 hours a week, and there are at least 100,000 crashes per year attributed to sleep-deprived truckers.

CVSA announces dates for 2018 International Roadcheck

Each year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance institutes a three-day campaign of ramped-up truck regulation enforcement. Known as the International Roadcheck, the event involves expanded roadside inspections across Virginia and the rest of the country.

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.

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