This has become evident in Southern California, home to the Los Angeles-to-Long Beach route that ranks as one of the most active port complexes in the U.S.
Most drivers know their weak spots when it comes to being distracted behind the wheel. Whether you have a hard time ignoring your phone when you drive, or you have a bad habit of eating on the go, you know what’s likely to pull your attention away from the road.
As one report states, truck driver turnover rates have remained at 90 percent or higher since 2012.
Interestingly, both sides of the trucking safety aisle say that long combination vehicles are too dangerous for the roads. Whatever they gain in efficiency is more than lost in the hazards they pose.
If you’re going to be on the road this summer, it’s important to be extra cautious around all traffic, especially trucks.
In December 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a final rule requiring semi-trucks to switch from paper logs to electronic logging devices (ELDs).
There were 3,598 truck accident fatalities in 2015, and another 83,000 injuries resulting from these truck wrecks, according to the FMCSA’s ‘Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2015’, and the number of truck wrecks that caused fatalities increased by eight percent from 2014 to 2015.
When two regular cars are traveling side by side, a sideswipe doesn’t always result in a serious crash.
“From personal experience, I know how emotional and devastating it is to be hurt in a truck wreck,” stated Amy Witherite.