Tractor-trailer accidents continue to be a serious problem in Florida and across the United States. Federal statistics show that approximately 475,000 large trucks are involved in collisions each year. These accidents kill over 5,000 people and injure more than 140,000 others.
Large truck and bus accidents are on the rise in Florida and across the United States, according to federal statistics. Large trucks are classified as those weighing more than 10,000 pounds.
Many Florida motorists know just how dangerous it can be sharing the road with large commercial trucks. On May 3, a bit fewer than 2,000 trucks in North America were taken out of service on an unannounced Brake Safety Day conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.
Commercial vehicle operators in Florida and around the country are being given a lengthy amount of time to comply with new truck driver training regulations that went into effect on June 5. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had pushed for the revisions to commercial driver's license training standards to be implemented in February, but a regulatory review ordered by the Trump administration delayed their introduction for five months. President Trump vowed to slash red tape and make life easier for American businesses during the campaign, and he ordered a review of all pending regulations shortly after taking office.
Truck drivers in Florida and across the country are geared up for a major annual vehicle inspection push from June 6 through June 8. Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts the International Roadcheck, a 72-hour event that focuses on safety enforcement and compliance.
Florida truck drivers may be more likely to face screening for sleep apnea based on the refusal in April of the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case dealing with a truck driver who had a risk factor for the condition. The driver's employer had required him to get a test for sleep apnea because of his BMI, but the man refused and provided a letter from his doctor saying that such a test was unnecessary. The man was fired, and a lower court ruled that his Americans with Disabilities Act rights were not violated.
The trucking industry in Florida and across the U.S. may be getting more dangerous. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, fatal road traffic accidents involving trucks climbed 8 percent between 2014 and 2015.
Florida residents, especially those in the trucking industry, may be interested in the upcoming inspection blitz conducted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. These inspections, usually conducted annually, serve as a reminder to truckers about the importance of safety and vehicle maintenance and upkeep. Improper upkeep and load securing is a leading cause of truck-related accidents.
Florida truckers may be familiar with the efforts of a California company to make trucks drive in an autonomous mode. On Feb. 3, the company successfully transported freight on the highway for 120 miles with its driverless truck technology. The company's co-founder stated his software was developed so that drivers can remotely control their trucks from an office, which could improve safety and allow drivers to spend more time at home.
Florida motorists may have heard about a study that claims commercial truckers with health issues are more likely to get into an accident. The study was conducted by the University of Utah School of Medicine, and it was published online on Jan. 10 in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. It found that those with at least three different health issues are up to four times more likely to get into an accident compared to a healthy truck driver.