Virginia residents who work in the trucking industry may know that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently published a notice of proposed changes to the hours-of-service regulations. These rules determine how long truckers can drive, when they should take breaks and so on. They play an important role in preventing drowsy driving and other dangers.
Distracted driving is becoming more and more common with the increasing use of smartphones and other mobile devices. Accidents with distracted drivers can be especially severe in terms of both injuries and vehicle damage. Furthermore, they can leave trucking companies throughout Virginia and the rest of America with delays and insurance claims to deal with. However, new technology may prove to be the solution to this trend.
Truck drivers in Virginia will be glad to know that this state is among the top 10 safest states for those in their industry. This is according to a study from Verizon Connect, a fleet management systems provider. The company analyzed data ranging from October 2015 to September 2017 and recording the driver behaviors of more than 6,200 of its fleet customers; these included small and mid-size businesses with 2 to 200 work trucks, such as big rigs, light vans and pick-ups.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.