Primary causes of semi truck crashes and big rig accidents

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|

Why are truck, car crash deaths up for the first time in 50 years?

Fatalities in crashes involving large trucks rose 4.1% from 2014 to 2015. Specifically, 4,067 people lost their lives in large truck-related crashes. This is the highest number of truck crash deaths since 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). We also saw a sharp rise in overall traffic deaths in 2015. Our [...]

2016-10-12T17:42:24+00:00October 12th, 2016|Semi truck crash causes|

It took the tragic death of a UW professor to close this trucking safety loophole

The logging truck, quite simply, had been massively overloaded. It wasn’t the first time this trucking company—and this trucker—had been caught overloading their logging trucks.   Logging trucks—like this one—must follow strict guidelines to correctly load and secure extremely heavy cargo.   But one day, on a scenic road in the Olympic Peninsula, [...]

2016-01-12T18:29:18+00:00January 12th, 2016|Overloaded truck|

6 important details from NTSB report on Tracy Morgan semi-truck crash

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is tasked with investigating serious transportation accidents. On August 11, the NTSB issued their initial report on a 2014 fatal semi-truck crash that killed one man, and seriously injured several others—including actor Tracy Morgan. See background, details on the fatal truck crash Six important details from the semi-truck crash [...]

2015-08-14T16:09:40+00:00August 14th, 2015|Truck driver fatigue|