Many drivers in Florida and throughout the U.S. feel uncomfortable when sharing the road with commercial trucks. As trucking companies incorporate new safety technology, however, the rate of serious tractor-trailer accidents could significantly drop.
Commercial vehicles with fatigued drivers behind the wheel, dangerous mechanical defects or poorly secured loads pose a hazard to road users in Florida and around the country, and researchers studied truck crashes between 2010 and 2012 to determine how serious this threat is. The research team was drawn from the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the University of North Carolina and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and they compared the mechanical systems of trucks involved in 197 serious crashes with a similar number of commercial vehicles that had completed their journeys safely.
Maintaining good health can be difficult for truck drivers in Florida and around the country. Operating a motor vehicle is relatively sedentary work, and speed and flavor trump health and nutrition at many roadside restaurants and truck stops. Experts have voiced concerns in recent years about the road safety implications of the nation's growing obesity problem, and the way that these issues could impact the logistics industry was recently by researchers from the University of Utah. The findings of the research were published in January in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
Florida truck drivers who choose to adorn their lug nut covers with spikes made of plastic or metal could be increasing the chance of accidents. Other motorists and pedestrians find them intimidating. One victim of a tractor-trailer wreck specifically mentioned the spikes on the front wheel hubs in a 2012 lawsuit. People increasingly view the spikes as a potential threat because they can distract other motorists.
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.