NHTSA Reports “Staggering” Commercial Truck Fatalities in 2020

In early March 2022, the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) released their annual report on motor vehicle crashes and fatalities. Large truck fatalities in 2020, the most recent data available for analysis, were at some of their highest rates ever, prompting the Truck Safety Coalition to release a statement, calling the fatality figures…

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Report: Large Trucks Overrepresented in Fatal Work Zone Crashes

A recent report from the Institute for Safer Trucking (IST) analyzed a wide variety of statistics from across the country regarding fatal large truck crashes. Using data collected from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), IST’s goal is to identify and reduce sources of big truck accidents and deaths.…

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Federal Program Now Allows Teen Truckers to Cross State Lines

The federal government is moving forward with a plan that allows truckers under the age of 21 to drive big rigs back and forth across state lines. Previously, truck drivers must be age 21 and up to cross state lines, but this new legislation implements an apprenticeship program that allows drivers ages 18 to 20…

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Truck Accidents Are Deadlier for Occupants of Passenger Vehicles

Long haul trucks deliver most of the goods consumers purchase and find in stores. America’s reliance on these trucks means that passenger vehicles share the roads each day with numerous tractor-trailers. While these heavy trucks are critical to commerce and maintaining the supply chain, their enormous size and weight pose an ongoing, potentially fatal danger…

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The Dangers of Elevated Train Crossings: What You Should Know

There are some 3,200 miles of active train tracks in Virginia, a combination of freight and passenger lines overlaid on our highway system that most of us never think twice about. This transportation system exists in a sort of parallel state with other forms of transit, but follows different rules, regulations, and timeframes. In late…

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Carrier Safety: Are Trucking Companies Doing Enough?

The issue of commercial truck safety is an important one. In fact, we have an entire national organization devoted to it – the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or the FMCSA. The FMCSA hands down safety regulations to commercial truck companies, which all carriers and drivers must follow or risk penalties for non-compliance. How do…

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What You Should Know about Parking Lot Accidents

Parking lots and parking garages can have hundreds of visitors a day. With so many drivers pulling in and out of spots, circling around looking for spots, and trying to enter and exit the lots, there is always a risk of a collision. According to the National Safety Council, the highest number of parking lot-related…

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Ford F-Series Pickups Have the Greatest Number of Fatal Crashes

For years, the maxim “bigger is better” has applied to larger vehicles. Trucks, minivans, SUVs and crossovers are long believed to be the safest vehicles on the roads. Their larger frames and reinforced bodies should protect drivers and passengers in a crash, and may drivers feel safer because they are higher up, which they believe…

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Where Is the Oversight for Commercial Trucking Companies?

A recent exposé from the Boston Globe uncovered a startling amount of information about commercial trucking companies and government oversight – or rather, the lack of government oversight. The article follows a string of truck accidents and tragedies, all of which may have been avoided had these trucking companies been penalized or shut down by…

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How a Truck Driver’s Health Issues Can Lead to a Truck Accident

Truck driver negligence is a leading reason for many truck accidents. Negligence can include everything from speeding to distracted driving. Another way negligence can occur is because of health concerns that are left unaddressed. The health issues can increase the potential for a truck accident. Because truck driving is such a sedentary activity, truck drivers…

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