Safe highways, roads and bridges are critical for trucking and freight transport. Federal and state governments are responsible for funding and maintaining infrastructure across the U.S.

A surprising fact about fatal truck crashes in new FMCSA report

This week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration released their Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts for 2016. The annual report is compiled from state-collected data and analyzed by FMCSA. There are many interesting facts in this year's report, but one particular fact stands out to me. More than 60 percent of all fatal truck crashes happened [...]

2018-05-14T10:25:07+00:00May 14th, 2018|Roads and Infrastructure|

Add safe truck parking to prevent crashes

A lack of safe truck parking may lead to more truck crashes. Oregon State University researchers looked at truck parking as a public safety issue (PDF). They studied a 290-mile section of Highway 97, a major trucking route that runs along the eastern slope of the Cascades across the whole length of Oregon. Some truck companies use Highway 97 through Oregon [...]

2017-10-17T19:38:30+00:00October 17th, 2017|Roads and Infrastructure|

Truckers contend with aging infrastructure, roads and bridges

D+. That's the grade our national infrastructure was given by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) this year. While our total infrastructure includes everything from aviation to ports to wastewater, it's the roads and bridges that truck drivers have to contend with every day. Why are roads, bridges in such bad shape? Quite simply, they're old. [...]

2017-09-06T09:30:02+00:00September 6th, 2017|Roads and Infrastructure|

IIHS: Truck speed limiters will save lives

Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), wrote an op-ed on Trucks.com this week. Why Lower Speed Limits and Truck Speed Limiters Will Save Lives. Our research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that 33,000 deaths between 1993 and 2013 can be attributed to speed limit increases. Traffic deaths [...]

2017-02-27T21:48:29+00:00February 27th, 2017|Roads and Infrastructure|