Truck safety technological advances that make highways safer

How simple truck side guards could save thousands of lives

Most city streets, with tight intersections and multiple stoplights, were not designed to accommodate tractor-trailer trucks alongside pedestrians and bicyclists. Large trucks have a high, wide gap between the truck's front and rear tires. This dangerous space is where 50% of the deaths from truck and bicycle collisions occur. A truck side guard is a [...]

2016-05-05T21:00:00+00:00May 5th, 2016|Safety and Technology, Trucking Laws|

All heavy trucks should have crash-avoidance braking systems by now

This is a “forward collision avoidance and mitigation braking” system. Volvo shows how the auto-braking system could prevent thousands of rear-end truck crashes a year When radar and sensors detect a slow-moving vehicle or stopped car ahead, the “F-CAM” system warns the truck driver. If the driver doesn’t brake, the system takes over [...]

The very first self-driving semi truck to hit the road

The first self-driving semi truck in the U.S. is officially on the road in Nevada. Freightliner, the creator of the autonomous commercial truck, compares the Highway Pilot system to the autopilot on commercial airplanes. The semi-truck can be switched to autonomous autopilot on the highway, and it uses stereoscopic cameras and radar sensors. The truck can [...]

2015-05-12T17:49:50+00:00May 12th, 2015|Safety and Technology, Trucking Industry News|

Keep a Look-out

The fall has arrived and soon we will be in winter.  It is this time of year that greater care is needed when traveling on our roadways.  Often, as I travel on Pacific Northwest freeways, I watch Trucks go speeding by me without regard to the weather conditions.  Rain conditions require defensive driver practices.  Stopping [...]

2011-09-26T15:47:57+00:00September 26th, 2011|Truckers, Trucking Safety|

Trucks and Speed

A truck driver must maintain a proper speed at all times.  Proper speeds depends on many critical factors.       These factors, include: *Traffic conditions *Road and Weather conditions *Skill and Experience *Load Weight and Type *Visibilty *Posted Speed Limit *Road Shape - Curves and Grades Speed control means operating at the proper speed [...]

2011-08-05T16:38:58+00:00August 5th, 2011|Following too close, Truckers, Trucking Safety|

More on Logging Trucks

On October 4th, 2005, Tony Qamar, a leading University of Washington seismologist, and Daniel Johnson, a University of Puget Sound geophysics professor, were killed by the driver of a Logging Truck.  At the time of the crash, the Truck driver was high on methamphetamine.  The Truck driver was also speeding and his Truck was overloaded. [...]

2011-07-22T15:34:58+00:00July 22nd, 2011|Trucking Safety|

Keep Your Children Safe

Although this particular entry does not focus specifically on Trucking Law and Trucking collisions, I thought it was important to share with you the New Child Car Seat Guidelines.  Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children younger than 3 years of age, according to reports.  In additon, many young children are seriously injured [...]

2011-03-23T14:17:35+00:00March 23rd, 2011|Trucking Safety|