Primary causes of semi truck crashes and big rig accidents

The new clearinghouse rule that will keep dangerous truckers off the road

Last month, a semi-truck struck and killed a man near his disabled car on I-84 in Idaho. The truck driver was investigated by FMCSA: last year, a motor carrier fired that trucker for failing a random drug test. After the failed drug test, the driver didn't comply with the required substance abuse assessment. He was [...]

2016-12-05T19:45:36+00:00December 5th, 2016|Alcohol and drug-related truck crashes|

Truck crash killed four students, exposes massive hole in trucker drug test

On a September evening in 2014, a tractor-trailer going over 70 mph on an Oklahoma highway veered out of the left lane. The truck driver was neither braking nor steering as the semi-truck crossed the median. That semi-truck traveled about 1100 feet before it collided with a bus on the other side of the highway. [...]

2016-01-04T20:00:22+00:00January 4th, 2016|Alcohol and drug-related truck crashes|

It’s time for better drug tests for truckers

Trucking companies must drug-test all applicants when hiring truck drivers. A driver must be tested again if he or she is involved in a truck accident crash that results in a serious injury or fatality. Those results are shared with The Department of Transportation (DOT), which regulates the trucking industry. Currently, The Department of Transportation (DOT) [...]

2015-03-27T15:59:17+00:00March 27th, 2015|Alcohol and drug-related truck crashes, Truckers|

Black ice and a jackknifed semi-truck cause massive crash on I-84

The images are shocking. The first collision was between a jackknifed semi-truck, and a passenger truck driven by Kaleb Whitby. His vehicle spun around and flipped upon hitting the semi-truck, and he could see another tractor-trailer coming directly at him. Saturday’s semi-truck pile-up in Eastern Oregon involved between 50 and 70 cars, according to Oregon [...]

2019-01-28T00:43:04+00:00January 19th, 2015|In the News, Weather|

Truck Drivers Ignoring Cell Phone Ban

It’s illegal. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has a blanket ban on commercial drivers using a hand-held cellular phone or texting while driving. It’s unsafe. Truck drivers are 23x more likely to crash if they are texting. And a number of trucking carriers claim that texting and driving is grounds for a driver’s immediate [...]

2014-11-18T18:51:04+00:00November 18th, 2014|Cell phone use, Distracted Drivers, Truckers|

Big mistake: Walmart blames victims in Tracy Morgan truck crash case

It’s a horrible—but common—story about a truck crash. A tractor-trailer transporting goods for Walmart rear-ended a limo bus on a highway. Law enforcement's investigation shows that the truck driver had not slept for 24 hours prior to the crash, and that he failed to pay proper attention as he approached stopped traffic. One passenger was [...]

2014-10-01T18:32:15+00:00October 1st, 2014|Following too close, Truck driver fatigue|

Be Safe in Washington

The summer months are upon us. Travel upon our highways will increase as families travel to visit relatives or go on vacations to campgrounds, historic sites or other fun locations.  With summer highway travel safety is a major concern and must to the focus of both the driver, as well as, passengers. Don't be distracted [...]

2012-05-30T22:04:47+00:00May 30th, 2012|Cell phone use|

Truck Drivers with Care

Today with snow all over the roadways here in the Pacific Northwest, roadway travel was limited. Those that had to go out faced conditions of icy roads, continuous snow flakes or ice rain and side roads that were difficult to navigate. Out there, crazy drivers went too fast, followed too close and tried to go [...]

2012-01-19T17:48:35+00:00January 19th, 2012|Washington State, Weather|

Cell phone use banned

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in conjunction with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has issued a final rule specifically prohibiting interstate truck and bus drivers from using hand-held cell phones while operating their vehicles. The final rule prohibits commercial drivers from using a hand-held mobile telephone while operating a commercial [...]

2011-12-06T16:46:39+00:00December 6th, 2011|Cell phone use|

Preventing rear-end collisions with proper stopping distance

Most rear-end collisions are entirely preventable with proper training and safe driving. So why does this type of crash happen so often?  It is my experience that rear-end collisions are often a failure of truck drivers to: maintain a safe following distance; operate their trucks at a proper speed for the traffic, road and weather conditions; [...]

2019-03-07T19:44:16+00:00October 28th, 2011|Following too close|