Primary causes of semi truck crashes and big rig accidents

Truckers must fight inattentional blindness

Since the 1990s, scientific studies on visual perception have demonstrated that people's expectations, and their ability to focus, affects what they see. It's called "inattentional blindness", and it's important for drivers to be aware of it - particularly professional drivers like truckers. Distracted driving means that a driver is not paying full attention to the single task [...]

How truck drivers can avoid a winter storm crash

Winter Storm Diego flooded parts of California last week. It dumped rain and snow across Texas, breaking snowfall records in several cities. As it moved over the Appalachian mountains, the snow and ice knocked out power for about 300,000 people, and in some areas, left nearly two feet of snow. There were more than 700 winter storm [...]

2018-12-11T00:20:42+00:00Weather|

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+00:00Weather|

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+00:00Weather|

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 [...]