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.
Although the FMCSA doesn’t have an official rule that makes sleep apnea testing in the trucking industry mandatory, research shows that sleep apnea is a serious condition that can make people drowsy behind the wheel.
The truck driver pled guilty to five counts of first-degree vehicular homicide and was sentenced to five years in prison followed by five years of probation.
The FMCSA report also found some major contributing factors that lead to truck wrecks in 2015, including driver-related factors, collisions and overturns and speed limits.
But this not a universally shared view, as some carriers believe that dual-cameras (ones that face forward and toward the driver) are helping to improve road safety.
When it comes to knowing the roads, perhaps no other profession has as deep of a knowledge base as truck drivers. Semi-truck operators spend their workdays crisscrossing the country, and they’re exposed to all sorts of road conditions.