“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.
According to a notice from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a Tennessee semi-truck driver has been declared an “imminent hazard to public safety” and ordered to stay off the road.
Many people drive over a bridge every single day, and it’s safe to assume most of them don’t think twice about it. When a bridge is part of your commute, you simply take it in stride — and you assume it’s safe to cross.
The comprehensive study examined data from 20 different trucking fleets,15,000 accidents, and 138,000 tractor-trailers.
A recent crash between two semi-trucks in Murfreesboro, Tennessee demonstrates how cargo can be just as dangerous and deadly as the truck itself in an accident.