Primary causes of semi truck crashes and big rig accidents

Everyone is tired, but it’s truck driver fatigue you should worry about

The number of road incidents involving driver drowsiness is close to eight times higher than the federal estimate, based on a recent study by AAA. Analyzing data from more than 700 dashcams and 3593 drivers, researchers looked at the 3 minutes prior to a crash. By tracking eyelid closures, they found that 9.5%  of all crashes involved drowsiness. [...]

2018-08-09T11:26:40+00:00August 9th, 2018|Truck driver fatigue|

This is the bad weather crash that truckers are trained to avert

People think of the Pacific Northwest as a rain-drenched forest. But driving the high-desert climate of eastern Oregon and Washington is a very different experience. This is I-84. It is the main route through Eastern Oregon, and into Idaho—especially for semi-trucks. On a November afternoon in Eastern Oregon, meteorologists predicted wind gusts at 55-60 mph. The wind kicked up dust [...]

2018-07-24T16:43:18+00:00July 24th, 2018|Weather|

What did the jury know? Perspective on the verdict of $89 million

Earlier this month, a Texas jury issued an 89.6 million dollar verdict against Werner Enterprises, a Nebraska-based trucking company. The case involved a 2014 crash that killed a 7-year-old, paralyzed a 12-year-old girl, and resulted in a traumatic brain injury for a teenager. The verdict has been controversial because of the unusual facts of the [...]

2018-05-29T17:49:00+00:00May 29th, 2018|Weather|

Sleepy trucker dumped 40,000 pounds of chicken feathers on I-5

No one was injured. No other vehicles were involved. But 40,000 pounds of feathers were dumped onto I-5 in Federal Way around 3 a.m. when semi-truck driver caused a roll-over crash. https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/999268630029156353 The truck driver told a local reporter that he had fallen asleep. "I drank coffee and took one of those pills that had [...]

2018-05-23T22:04:50+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Truck driver fatigue|

Changing lives with small failures: distracted truck drivers

The phrase “changing lives” sounds positive: people making big choices, and overcoming adversity. I’m seen too many lives changed by just the opposite. A failure that seems small—like a distracted truck driver taking eyes off the road—can responsible for changing lives. “I’m really not sure what happened” On a sunny fall afternoon in Washington, Andy was [...]

2018-02-12T10:10:03+00:00February 12th, 2018|Distracted Drivers|

What happens when sleep is a safety issue?

Recently, I reviewed a Police Report where the truck driver admitted he only had 3 hours of sleep the night before he caused a serious crash.* For many of us, losing a couple hours of sleep at night just means we’re a little less productive the next day. When your job is driving—especially if you’re [...]

2017-05-09T17:30:51+00:00May 9th, 2017|Truck driver fatigue|